Trump Admin. Deliberately Undermined COVID Response for Political Purposes - House Report
© JONATHAN ERNSTU.S. President Donald Trump departs after addressing the coronavirus task force daily briefing as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stands by at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 26, 2020.
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Trump administration deliberately weakened the federal government’s COVID-19 response for political reasons, the US House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis said in a report out on Friday.
It accused the previous administration of purposefully weakening the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s testing guidance to "reduce the amount of testing being conducted and obscure how rapidly the virus was spreading across the country."
"The Select Subcommittee has continued to uncover evidence of the Trump Administration’s deliberate efforts to undermine the nation’s coronavirus response for political purposes," the report said.
The report from the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives criticized the Trump team for promoting a "dangerous" herd immunity strategy that would have put "millions of lives at risk."
In addition, the subcommittee asserted that the previous administration failed to execute an effective early response strategy, address critical supply shortages in the early stages of the crisis, as well as implement adequate fraud controls.