#10 We inherited a broken test” for COVID 19. March 31

You can’t inherit a broken test for a virus before the virus had been detected.  The “broken test” was developed by the CDC in January (after they declined to use the test used by the World Health Organization). It had to be recalled from the states, which meant weeks and weeks went by while they designed another test.

#9 “The Obama administration made a decision on testing that turned out to be very detrimental to what we’re doing” on the coronavirus.” March 6.

When reporters asked, the White House pointed to a February Food and Drug Administration policy that they relaxed rules on tests for coronavirus in order to speed up testing. The rules were put in place in the George Bush administration.  When the Trump administration relaxed the rules, the market was flooded with bogus inaccurate tests.  The FDA has reversed its decision to relax the rules.

#8 “Now, they’re doing tests on airlines — very strong tests — for getting on, getting off. They’re doing tests on trains — getting on, getting off.” April 1.

Passengers on planes and trains were not being tested for COVID-19. It’s possible that Trump was referring to screenings, which could include a temperature check or a questionnaire. But even screenings are not as widespread as he suggests, happening at 13 airports for certain countries.

#7 I didn’t say that “some of the medical equipment that governors are requesting, they don’t actually need.”March 29 

From Trump’s March 26 interview with Sean Hannity:

“Gov. Cuomo and others that say we want, you know, 30,000 of them (ventilators). 30,000! All right. Think of this. You know, you go to hospitals, they’ll have one in a hospital. And now, all of a sudden everybody’s asking for these vast numbers.”

“I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You know, you’re going to major hospitals sometimes, they’ll have two ventilators. And now, all of a sudden, they’re saying, can we order 30,000 ventilators?”

#6 “It is the decision of the President, not governors, to open up the states.” April 13.

No evidence was offered for this claim, that is inconsistent with the essence of federalism—independent powers granted to state governments.

#5 “We’ve tested more than every country combined.” April 27

This is not true even if you confine the comparisons to European countries. For example, when you add up the number of tests run in Russia, Germany and Italy, the total lands around 6.72 million. You could also tally the number of tests run in Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the U.K. Both Worldometer and Our World in Data place that total above 6 million. Either way, it’s more than what the U.S. has done.  Not only that but the raw number of tests isn’t what matters, that measure doesn’t express the percentage of the population being tested, or the percentage of tests adjusted for the severity of the outbreak.

#4 :Anybody that wants a test (for the coronavirus) can get a test.” March 6

This wasn’t true on March 6 and it still isn’t altogether true two months later.  At the time of this statement supplies of the test remained very limited, only clinicians could authorize a test.

#3 The coronavirus “snuck up on us,” “its a very unforseen thing. March 19.

Not only have public health officials been warning of such a pandemic for years, Trump administration officials warned the President throughout January and February (HHS Secretary Azar warned the President in mid-January, in late January the CDC Director warned the President of a public health emergency coming to the US and the World Health Organization reported on the dangers of the virus).  The President’s daily intelligence briefings included the threat of pandemic throughout most of January and February.  The President continued to downplay the threat.

#2 “I’ve always known this is a real pandemic. I’ve felt it was a pandemic long before it was a pandemic.” March 18.

Jan 22: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

Jan 24: “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus,” The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work

Jan 30: “We think we have it very well under control,” he said. “We have very little problem in this country at this moment — five. And those people are all recuperating successfully.”

Feb 2: “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China,” he said. “We’re going to see what happens, but we did shut it down.” Trump also suggested that warmer weather in April would beat back the virus.

Feb 25 The virus was “very much under control in the USA,” and added “Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

#1 Says as president he has “total” authority to re-open states amid the COVID-19 pandemic. April 14

There is no clause in the constitution that gives the President total power under any circumstances. This ignores the 10th amendment reserving powers to the states, and the separation of powers that gives the President executive power and the Congress law making power. Because this lie (and many other statements and actions) reveals ignorance of, and hostility to, the Constitution it takes the #1 spot.

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