The Trump administration and the CDC have come under significant fire for delays in testing for coronavirus. However, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told radio host Hugh Hewitt that isn’t something President Trump should be blamed for.
“It was a complicated series of multiple things that conflated that just, you know, went the wrong way,” the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director explained.
“One of them was a technical glitch that slowed things down in the beginning. Nobody’s fault. There wasn’t any bad guys there. It just happened,” Fauci explained.
When asked by Hewitt if “every president” had run into similar sorts of problems, Fauci was unequivocal in his response.
“Oh, absolutely,” Fauci replied, emphasizing, “This has nothing to do with anybody’s fault, certainly not the president’s fault.”
Trump drew criticism when he told reporters assembled in the Rose Garden last week, “No, I don’t take responsibility at all because we were given a set of circumstances and we were given rules, regulations, and specifications from a different time. It wasn’t meant for this kind of an event.”
Omar and Cuomo praise Trump response
While the president’s Democratic opponents continue to find fault with his every move, he recently received praise from some unexpected sources. During a Tuesday press conference, long-time Trump critic NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo held up the administration’s coronavirus efforts.
“His team is on it, they’ve been responsive, late at night, early in the morning, and they’ve thus far been doing everything that they can do, and I want to say thank you, and I want to say that I appreciate it,” Breitbart quoted Cuomo as saying at a press conference on Tuesday.
The governor went on to promise that the administration, “will have nothing but cooperation and partnership from the state of New York.”
In a perhaps even more surprising turn of events, Minnesota’s Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), one of Trump’s most dedicated critics, has had positive things to say about Trump’s handling of the pandemic.
“Politics aside, this is incredible and the right response in this critical time,” she tweeted on Wednesday in reference to Trump’s plan of suspending mortgage foreclosures, providing cash to Americans, and invoking the Defense Production Act.
“This is a great start and hope others will be part of a united front to push for good policies that will help us work through the economic anxiety the country is feeling right now,” Omar concluded.