Dem Lawmaker Slams Trump For Not Sending Out Coronavirus Kits To Test Service Members Overseas
Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan (D) appeared on MSNBC on Friday where he called out the Trump administration for being ill-prepared with the coronavirus outbreak. Specifically, Pocan noted that military service members overseas are not getting tested due to the lack of testing kits.
Pocan specifically cited an Afghanistan base just outside a town that has reported five cases of coronavirus. He said that they hadn’t even learned about it from the Pentagon, rather a family member contacted his office saying that a number of the troops have flu-like symptoms but aren’t testing positive for the flu.
“Even if you do get the test, unless you get that processed in 72 hours, you can get a false negative or conditions of the test might be ruined,” he explained. “We still have a lot of concerns on the front.”
MSNBC host Andrew Mitchell noted that there are also members of the armed forces in Italy and in West Asia that have not been tested.
“How can that be possible that military doctors do not have access to these tests?” she asked.
“It shouldn’t be possible,” the congressman said. “We should be having those tests out like we need to get them across the country. We know the administration made a number of missteps and I’m not here to talk about that today but we’re significantly behind where we should be. It’s one thing about getting tests out but it’s important we’re proactively testing the right people, anyone in the medical system and health personnel.”
Americans were told there were about 2.5 million tests and Vice President Mike Pence said that there would be at least 1 million tests done by the end of last week. That has not been the case and hospitals are desperate for test kits.
Take a look at his remarks in the video clip below: