President Donald Trump’s insistence that the country can safely re-open because our coronavirus testing is supposedly the best in the world was crushed by Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) during a hearing attended by Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that the United States has tested more people than anyone else and has even browbeat health officials in his administration to agree with him. But Romney is not fooled by Trump’s lies, so when Fauci appeared to testify to the Senate on Tuesday, he let the administration have it.
“I understand politicians are going to frame data in a way that is most positive politically,” Romney began. “But of course, I don’t expect that from admirals. But yesterday you celebrated that we have done more tests and more tests per capita even than South Korea. But you ignored the fact that they accomplished theirs at the beginning of the outbreak while we treaded water during February and March. And as a result, by March 6, the U.S. had completed just 2,000 tests, whereas South Korea had conducted more than 140,000 tests.”
“I find our testing record nothing to celebrate,” Romney continued. “The fact is their test numbers are going down, down, down, down now because they don’t have the kind of outbreak we have. Ours are going up, up, up.”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
Romney rebukes HHS official Giroir for comparing the US testing record favorably with South Korea : “Politicians are going to frame data in a way that’s most positive politically. Of course they don’t expect that from admirals … I find our testing record nothing to celebrate.” pic.twitter.com/afUBHieThH
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 12, 2020
Indeed, 82,000 Americans have died from the virus so far, far more than the death toll in South Korea. In fact, we have the highest death toll in the world because Trump failed to act. Romney would go on to challenge Trump for blaming former President Obama over there not being a vaccine for a virus that did not exist yet, and Fauci confirmed that Obama is not to blame. Of course, neither is Trump. But he is to blame for this disaster being much worse than it could have been.
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