Because the hearing obtained underway, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), the Home Power Committee’s chairman, harshly criticized the Trump administration for its response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Had it not been for a sluggish preliminary response from the Trump administration and a president, in my view, placing political issues over public well being, we may have performed far more to mitigate the damaging affect of covid-19,” Pallone mentioned in his opening remarks. “And we should study from and proper the administration’s errors in order that we’re ready to fight this illness as extra outbreaks flare up this summer time and a possible second wave comes within the fall.”
Pallone additionally mentioned Trump was “extraordinarily reckless” when he steered at a marketing campaign rally in Tulsa on Saturday that the administration ought to decelerate testing to cut back the variety of optimistic coronavirus instances.
Aides have mentioned Trump was talking in jest, however the president steered to reporters earlier Tuesday that he was not kidding.
“Sadly, it continues the president’s sample of ignoring the recommendation of his personal public well being consultants,” Pallone mentioned of Trump’s rally feedback.