Trump's former chief of staff hits coronavirus efforts: 'We still have a testing problem'
Added 07-13-20 04:58:02pm EST - “Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney penned an op-ed Monday calling for the next stimulus package passed by lawmakers to focus on combatting the novel coronavirus, swiping at U.S. testing efforts.” - Thehill.com
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Former White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says | Supreme Court rules that large swath of Oklahoma belongs to Native American tribe WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says Mulvaney: Trump faces difficulty if 2020 election becomes 'referendum' on him MORE penned an op-ed Monday calling for the next stimulus package passed by lawmakers to focus on combatting the novel coronavirus, swiping at U.S. testing efforts.
"Any stimulus should be directed at the root cause of our recession: dealing with Covid," Mulvaney wrote in the CNBC op-ed. "I know it isn’t popular to talk about in some Republican circles, but we still have a testing problem in this country. My son was tested recently; we had to wait 5 to 7 days for results. My daughter wanted to get tested before visiting her grandparents, but was told she didn’t qualify. That is simply inexcusable at this point in the pandemic."
The swipe at testing comes as President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE has repeatedly praised testing efforts, attributing a spike in cases nationally to more testing.
"If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any,” Trump said during a White House event in June highlighting administration actions to help senior citizens.
Trump shared a similar message again on July Fourth, tweeting: “Cases, Cases, Cases! If we didn’t test so much and so successfully, we would have very few cases. If you test 40,000,000 people, you are going to have many cases that, without the testing (like other countries), would not show up every night on the Fake Evening News.”
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