President Donald Trump’s disastrous week got worse Friday morning after firing off a tweet blaming former President Barack Obama and the Centers for Disease Control for his poor handling of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Trump accused Obama of bungling the response to the H1N1 swine flu epidemic in 2009, and complained the former president had made changes to the CDC that hampered his own response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“For decades the @CDCgov looked at, and studied, its testing system, but did nothing about it,” Trump tweeted. “It would always be inadequate and slow for a large scale pandemic, but a pandemic would never happen, they hoped. President Obama made changes that only complicated things further.”
Trump claimed his administration — which has faced widespread criticism already and has spooked the markets — had removed Obama-era obstacles to improve the response to the current outbreak, which his administration was warned about months ago.
“Their response to H1N1 Swine Flu was a full scale disaster, with thousands dying, and nothing meaningful done to fix the testing problem, until now,” Trump said. “The changes have been made and testing will soon happen on a very large scale basis. All Red Tape has been cut, ready to go!”
…. Their response to H1N1 Swine Flu was a full scale disaster, with thousands dying, and nothing meaningful done to fix the testing problem, until now. The changes have been made and testing will soon happen on a very large scale basis. All Red Tape has been cut, ready to go!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2020
As expected, he got brutally fact-checked. Read some of the responses below:
@BarackObama administration declared swine flu national emergency before deaths in US and requested funds from Congress 2 days later. He ushered huge economic growth while handling massive pandemic that claimed the lives of 12,469. You dismantled his pandemic response operation
— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) March 13, 2020
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) March 13, 2020
FACTS: During 2014-16 Ebola epidemic ONLY 11 Americans treated for the diseases and two died. Why? Pres Obama ensured the disease didn't come to US soil.
Coronavirus: Under Trump over 1600 sick in 45 states with 41 dead and we are just a few weeks into this Trump Tragedy pic.twitter.com/8MH0hEvuzR
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) March 13, 2020
The United States is now the only industrialized country in the world without mass testing for coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/3Ws3gqPFwx
— Holly Lee (@LeeHolly81) March 13, 2020
We’re also the only country in the world without a President.
— R. L. (@rbbellingham) March 13, 2020
Way to start the morning …blaming the cdc and Obama. What we need is leadership and you failed. I'm guessing you no longer think it's a hoax
— Kimberly Orner Rauch (@OrnerRauch) March 13, 2020
— Rick Nick (@Rickpaulnick) March 13, 2020
People are suffering and dying, the nation is in a panic, the market is in a free fall, and instead of doing your job, you’re up first thing in the morning tweeting insults at Obama.
You’re upset that he’s a better man, president, and human being than you will ever be.
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) March 13, 2020
Obama has more class and integrity in a finger nail then him and his sycophants supporters and he knows it well at least Melania does
— payman.the.realtor (@paymanrr) March 13, 2020
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