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NBC Reporter Asks ‘Why Was The U.S. Not Prepared For More Testing?’ Trump Reacts: “Your Network… Called Me A Racist”

Members of the coronavirus task force held a press briefing Thursday to give an update on the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the briefing, President Donald Trump took questions from reporters and was asked why the United States was “not more prepared for testing” presumably at the beginning of the outbreak of the coronavirus.

President Trump explained on Thursday that COVID-19 “could have been stopped pretty easily if everybody had known about it a number of months” earlier, had China made it public to the world.

“The whole world is suffering because of it,” said the Commander in Chief.

NBC’s Kristen Welker asked the president: “You said a few days ago you did have a sense that this was a pandemic, it was coming– so why was the United States not prepared for more testing?”

President Trump responded: “We were prepared. The only thing we weren’t prepared for was the media. The media has not treated it fairly.” (Continued Below)

“I’ll tell you how prepared I was: I called for a ban from people coming in from China long before anybody thought– in fact, it was your network. I believe they called me a racist because I did that,” the president fired back.

“It was many people in the room, they called me racist and other words because I did that– because I went so early,” the president informed the reporters in the briefing room. “So when you say we weren’t prepared, had I let these tens of thousands of people come from China a day, we would’ve had something right now that would have been– you wouldn’t even recognize it, compared to where we are.”

“How many people have passed away? How many people have died as of this moment? You could multiply that by a factor of many, many, many. So when you say ‘I wasn’t prepared’, I was the first one to do the ban. Now other countries are following what I did. But the media doesn’t acknowledge that. They know it’s true, but they don’t want to write about it,” he added. (Video Below)

President Trump’s official remarks:

(Related: ABC Reporter Asks ‘Why Do You Keep Calling This The Chinese Virus?’ Trump Reacts: “It Comes From China, I Want To Be Accurate”)

According to Politifact:

  • The WHO never offered to sell test kits to the United States.
  • The CDC opted to develop its own coronavirus test and did not use the WHO’s protocol for the test.
  • Other developed countries with advanced research capabilities developed their own tests.

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During Sunday night’s debate, while leveling criticism at President Donald Trump’s handling of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic, former Vice President Joe Biden said the Trump administration refused to get coronavirus testing kits from the World Health Organization.

“Look, the World Health Organization offered the testing kits that they have available and to give it to us now. We refused them. We did not want to buy them. We did not want to get them from them. We wanted to make sure we had our own,” Biden said.

The U.S. would never have needed complete kits from WHO. Even if it had adopted the WHO testing approach, it already had access to all the necessary materials.

The U.S. chose to use its own test, rather than the one circulated by WHO. Other nations, such as China, Japan, and France, also developed their own tests. Multiple public health experts said that is not unusual.

Biden’s emphasis on WHO offering kits is simply wrong. Politifact rated Biden’s claim “Mostly False”. (Continued Below)

Thursday’s White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing:

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(Related: Biden’s Senior Advisor Says The Phrase ‘Chinese Virus’ Is A ‘Racial Slur’, MacCallum Levels Her: “Let’s Be Serious”)


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