President Donald Trump has deflected criticism his administration has been facing over its coronavirus response onto former President Barack Obama.
On Wednesday, President Trump spoke to press in the White House about how his solution for the coronavirus in America.
“The Obama administration made a decision on testing that turned out to be very detrimental to what we’re doing, and we undid that decision a few days ago so that testing can take place in a much more accurate and rapid fashion,” he said.
Trump on coronavirus testing: "The Obama administration made a decision on testing that turned out to be very detrimental to what we're doing & we undid that decision a few days ago so that testing can take place in a much more accurate & rapid fashion" (what's he talking about?) pic.twitter.com/Z0UBaORIwI— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 4, 2020
“It was not entirely clear what he was referring to,” wrote Peter Baker and Sheila Kaplan for the New York Times. “Health experts and veterans of the government during Mr. Obama’s presidency said they were unaware of any policy or rule changes during the last administration that would have affected the way the Food and Drug Administration approved tests during the current crisis.”
Baker and Kaplan went on to add that if such a policy change did occur, President Trump’s administration had over three years to “change the rules” and that Trump had in fact dismantled “a White House effort set up by Mr. Obama to respond to global health emergencies.”
REPORTER: What was this Obama-era rule that you are blaming for the coronavirus testing problems?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 4, 2020
PENCE: "The last administration asserted FDA jurisdiction over testing, and the development of tests like this. The president changed that on Saturday." pic.twitter.com/S3EOycBS6B
Deeeeeeeep State stuff here. In 2008, Obama operatives set forth a plan to ruin Trump’s plans to test for a yet public virus in order to thwart his presidency. https://t.co/ORqFJYKhDh— Mitchell Fink (@themitchellfink) March 4, 2020
Trump blames his administration's failure to conduct testing for the coronavirus (less than 500 tests as of last Friday) on OBAMA.— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 4, 2020
This is not a joke. https://t.co/Qbu9Gc3RsN
As Trump’s comments made the rounds on Twitter, many saw it as another instance of the president deflecting blame onto his detractors.
The lie & fantasy machine coming out of the White House is completely ineffective against this virus— Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) March 4, 2020
I don't care who you support politically. Like Obama, don't like him, whatever. Regardless of any of that, this statement by Trump is INSANE. https://t.co/AbqenNMJQW— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) March 4, 2020
Trump blames Obama for coronavirus because he’s nuts and any reporter who covers this President as if this is normal is failing you.— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) March 4, 2020
(My public service announcement for the day.) https://t.co/hRrVzDb2wi
Trump blamed Obama today for lack of test kits. He then said if there were more problems he felt confident he could blame either Roosevelt or Kennedy.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) March 5, 2020
Many people pointed out that Donald Trump has been president for three years and it’s time to stop blaming Obama every time he faces criticism.
YOU’VE BEEN PRESIDENT FOR MORE THAN THREE YEARS!!! https://t.co/G7BGz1GKG5— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 4, 2020
Trump has been president for more than three freaking years, and he’s still blaming things like this on Obama. It’s insane. https://t.co/0zTfbAS47A— Ed Greenberger (@EdGreenberger) March 4, 2020
Lol, you've been in charge for 3 years. You own this dumpster fire.— Minh Ngo (@minhtngo) March 4, 2020
Trump: "The Obama administration made a decision on testing that turned out to be very detrimental to what we’re doing, and we undid that decision a few days ago..."#coronavirus pic.twitter.com/pbl4Ncw1F5
Anyway, wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and stay home if you don’t feel well.