Donald Trump has been holding daily news briefings. Sometimes his top scientists get in a few words, but mainly the president spends between two and three hours rambling between two completely different claims like a yo-yo. Americans, including the nation’s governors, are tired of his antics.
Take what the Republican Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD), chair of the National Governors Association told CNN’s State of the Union host, Jake Tapper, on Sunday. Hogan said that the country had not been testing at capacity. He said that POTUS’ statement was “absolutely false:”
‘President Trump’s claim that states have enough tests to reopen “is just absolutely false,” says Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. “It’s not accurate to say there’s plenty of testing out there and the governors should just get it done. That’s just not being straightforward.” #CNNSOTU’
President Trump’s claim that states have enough tests to reopen “is just absolutely false,” says Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. “It’s not accurate to say there’s plenty of testing out there and the governors should just get it done. That’s just not being straightforward.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/0K48hRAgzI
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) April 19, 2020
Hogan said that his state had increased its testing capacity “5,000 percent” from the previous month. Yet, Maryland was not ready to open businesses again, according to the CNN tweet.
The Maryland governor said:
‘To try to push this off and say the governors have plenty of testing and they should just get to work on testing, that somehow we aren’t doing our job, is just absolutely false.’
‘Every governor in America has been pushing and fighting and clawing to get more tests, not only from the federal government, but from every private lab in America, and from all across the world.’.
Donald Trump crowned Vice President Mike Pence the Prince of COVID-19. The vice president agreed with POTUS, of course. The president said on Saturday that the tests’ capacity was:
‘[F]ully sufficient to begin opening up the country totally.’
Every day, the country is testing an average of 150,000 Americans. Yet, health care professionals indicate that number is far too low. Granted, the U.S. total is greater than other country’s number tested, but that percentage against America’s 315,000,000 total population looks paltry.
New York Mayor Andrew Cuomo criticized Trump. According to The New York Times, the mayor said:
‘First of all, if he’s sitting home watching TV, maybe he should get up and go to work, right? Second, let’s keep emotion and politics out of this, and personal ego if we can. Because this is about the people.’
Governors want a thorough contact-tracing program before they open up their state’s businesses. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) called Trump “delusional.”
Twitter world contested Trump’s claim that the states “have enough tests.” Take a look at how Americans responded below:
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