Pastor Pence and Trump hold a roundtable on the Coronavirus’ impact on the travel industry

Pastor Pence began his biggly remarks by kissing Trump’s orange ass praising Trump’s handling of the Coronavirus. Trump blamed Obama for testing issues but only he fixed it on Saturday.

“The Obama administration made a decision on testing that turned out to be very detrimental to what we’re doing, and we undid that decision a few days ago so that the testing can take place at a much more accurate and rapid fashion. That was a decision we disagreed with. I don’t think we would have made it, but for some reason it was made. But we’ve undone that decision.”

Trump raised the testing issue during a meeting with airline executives convened at the White House to discuss the effect of the outbreak on their industry. He appeared to be referring to a regulation that limited the ability of laboratories run by states, universities and private companies to conduct medical screenings not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. On Saturday, the F.D.A. commissioner, Stephen M. Hahn, allowed those labs to use tests they independently developed after submitting evidence that they work before the F.D.A. completes its review.

Under fire for his handling of the outbreak, Mr. Trump appeared eager to focus attention on the Obama administration, making a point of using the former president’s name in his comments to reporters. He did not explain why his administration did not change the rule during his first three years in office or before this past weekend, two months into the outbreak.

Mr. Obama did not immediately respond, but he separately posted a message on Twitter urging Americans to follow advice from the C.D.C. 

The New York Times:

Today’s biggest developments:

  • 11 Americans have been killed by virus, including first death in California
  • 1,000 people in self-quarantine in Westchester county, New York
  • LA County confirms six new cases, declares state of emergency
  • New Hampshire’s 1st patient told to stay isolated but went to event instead, officials say
  • Outbreak in South Korea shows little signs of slowing down
  • COVID-19 is deadlier than the flu, WHO says


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