05/01/2020 04:41 am ET
“The last administration left us nothing,” Trump said. “We started off with bad, broken tests and obsolete tests.”
“You say ‘broken tests,’” Acosta said. “It’s a new virus, so how could the tests be broken?”
Trump was unfazed by the timeline.
“We had broken tests. We had tests that were obsolete. We had tests that didn’t take care of people,” Trump said. He then attacked the Obama administration’s handling of the H1N1 swine flu outbreak, complete with a couple of digs at former Vice President Joe Biden:
.@Acosta: You say you had “broken tests” from Obama — the coronavirus is a new virus, so how could the tests be broken?
TRUMP: “We have broken tests. We had tests that were obsolete. We had tests that didn’t take care of people.” (None of this makes sense.) pic.twitter.com/r7oobJNFU2
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 30, 2020
Then, Trump gave his administration a “spectacular” rating for its performance in handling the pandemic.
The president’s critics on Twitter weren’t having it:
Trump again blames the Obama administration for the “broken” coronavirus tests that were developed during the Trump administration because the virus was not around during the Obama administration.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 30, 2020
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) May 1, 2020
The Obama administration set up the White House National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense to prepare for future pandemics like COVID-19.
Trump disbanded it. https://t.co/rFpYRElkWP
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) May 1, 2020
Obama responds to Trump saying he left tests for Covid-19 in the pandemic book even though the virus didn’t exist until three years after he left office. He said he left it in a briefing book on the resolute desk but didn’t realize Trump doesn’t read
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) April 30, 2020
Obama and his team left Trump a thorough handbook on pandemics and a top notch team to monitor and deal with such a crisis. Trump threw it all in the trash. Apparently they were supposed to leave him with the tests for a pandemic that came nearly 4 years after they left office. https://t.co/OKPnLK6S8q
— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) April 30, 2020
It speaks volumes that the Trump supporters who endlessly question Joe Biden’s mental capacity seem to have no problem with Trump constantly blaming Barack Obama for not supplying working tests to diagnose a virus that didn’t exist when he was president.pic.twitter.com/Q7QwT36QSV
— Andrew Weinstein (@Weinsteinlaw) April 30, 2020