Vice President Mike Pence seemed less than certain about the total number of Americans who have been tested for coronavirus during an interview with CNN host Alisyn Camerota Thursday morning, and his confusion seems to perfectly sum up just how poorly the administration is handling the pandemic which has so far claimed the lives of 38 people.
Camerota began the interview with the VP by pointing to data taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website which show the number of tests for the virus have actually decreased while the total number of cases has risen:
“The numbers suggest that the most testing was done March 5th! Then, as you move forward each day, it gets a little bit less… so why are the number of tests going down?”
“Well, I don’t believe they are, Alisyn. One of the things we’re working on is a central reporting website where every state in the country and territory can let CDC and the American people know the number of tests.”
Seconds later, Pence tried to change the topic, suggesting that the private sector has a role to play in combating the virus, but Camerota followed to her original query about how many people have been tested, asking:
“But if you’re saying the CDC website numbers are wrong, how many tests have been conducted in the U.S.?”
The VP responded:
“I’m not saying they’re wrong, Alisyn, I’m saying they may not be complete because we don’t necessarily today collect all the information from state laboratories.”
The CNN host pointed out:
“OK, but then they haven’t been updated — that’s the same thing.”
After stating that a new website is being created that will provide more up-to-date information on testing, Camerota asked:
“That’s good to know, but how many tests would you say have been done?”
Once again, Pence refused to provide a number, wanly remarking:
“Well, I would leave that to the experts.”
Wait a minute! Isn’t Mike Pence supposed to be one of the experts? President Donald Trump him in charge of overseeing the federal government’s response to the virus, but he can’t even provide numbers for how many people have been tested?
Do you ever get the feeling that the entire Trump administration is incapable of giving a straight answer to any question?
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