Newsom Was Told If He Wanted Testing Swabs, He Had To Ask Trump And Thank Him

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Artivia Tahir

The Trump administration asked Gov. Newsom to personally call the president to ask for testing swabs

The Trump administration reportedly demanded that Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) ask President Trump himself and thank him if he wanted his state to receive the swabs necessary to test for coronavirus, just one of many examples of the ways in which the federal government has botched the covid-19 response, according to the New York Times.

  • A small group of aides, led by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, headed the response and aimed to shift responsibility to state governments in what was called the “state authority handoff.”
  • Early in the outbreak, the president convinced himself that the pandemic was declining and that they had provided the necessary support for local governments to contain the remaining spread.
  • The team relied on the advice of Dr. Deborah L. Birx who maintained that the outbreak was declining and the U.S. would likely resemble Italy, where cases have been steadily decreasing.
  • The White House’s lack of strong leadership inevitably contributed to a massive mishandling of the crisis and the continued increase in Covid-19 cases. Rather than acknowledge his own part, President Trump has turned the blame on Democratic party, with White House spokesperson Judd Deere saying:

“President Trump and his bold actions from the very beginning of this pandemic stand in stark contrast to the do-nothing Democrats and radical left who just complain, criticize and condemn anything this president does to preserve this nation.”

The Times report was based on “interviews with more than two dozen officials inside the administration and in the states, and a review of emails and documents.”

Read the full report.

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