Watchdog Behind Calls On Administration To Move From Denial to Decisive Action on Testing Failures

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On NBC’s Meet The Press this morning, Peter Navarro, the Trump administration’s Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, offered surprising self-criticism of the administration’s handling of the COVID-19 testing situation from the very beginning: “Early on in this crisis, the CDC which really had the most trusted brand around the world in this space, really let the country down with the testing. Because not only did they keep the testing within the bureaucracy, they had a bad test. And that did set us back.”

Government watchdog Accountable.US called on the administration to take the next step following denial, and now acceptance: fully deliver on its commitments to expand testing to ensure that states are able to reopen safely.

“Americans have been waiting for months for the administration to admit there aren’t enough tests and have suffered dearly as a result of their government’s inaction and incompetence,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “It’s critical the administration now take the next step of doing everything in their power to fulfil that over two-month-old promise by the President. But by all accounts, the dithering continues.”
Navarro’s comments follow President Trump’s repeated bouts of denial about his administration’s testing failures. Just last week, the President bragged at a White House briefing without evidence: “We have prevailed” and repeated his sentiment from early March that “If somebody wants to be tested right now, they’ll be able to be tested.”
Earlier this month, Accountable.US launched, a website documenting the administration’s testing failure in responding to the coronavirus pandemic with even a modicum of urgency, which has resulted in: COVID-19 testing sites expanding far too slowly; backlogged tests in numerous states and a lack of available tests in others; and abounding logistical nightmares and miscommunications with state officials.


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