NEW: Asked whether he was kidding when he claimed at his Tulsa rally he had instructed officials to slow down COVID-19 testing, Pres. Trump says, “I don’t kid.”
— ABC News (@ABC) June 23, 2020
Courtesy of CBS News:
President Trump doubled down on his recent comments about ordering his administration to slow down coronavirus testing, contradicting several White House officials who defended his remarks by claiming they were made in jest.
During a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, Mr. Trump said, “When you do testing to that extent you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find cases. So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.’ They test and they test. We got tests for people who don’t know what’s going on.”
A White House official argued to CBS News after the rally that Mr. Trump’s comments were “in jest,” and Vice President Mike Pence told the nation’s governors in a call Monday that the president was making a “passing observation.” White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday that Mr. Trump’s remarks were “tongue-in-cheek.” Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told “Face the Nation” he knew of no directive from the president to slow down testing.
But when asked by CBS News’ Weijia Jiang on Tuesday if he was kidding when he made those remarks, Mr. Trump replied, “I don’t kid.”
While he praised the U.S. for conducting millions of tests, he said increased availability of tests is a “double-edged sword.”
So despite the White House spin we now know that Trump was serious about slowing down testing because the number of cases makes him look bad.
That is going to bite him in the ass come November.
Hell, the folks over at the Project Lincoln have already made an ad.
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) June 23, 2020
Now that, that is devastating.