Trump blames Obama and CDC for slow cornoavirus response and blasts Biden over 2009 swine flu epidemic – The Sun

TRUMP has blasted Obama and the CDC for the coronavirus testing problem, and 'Sleepy Joe' for 'causing panic' during the 2009 swine flu epidemic.

President Trump lashed out in another scathing twitter tirade against his predecessor's and his own agency that is struggling at the front lines of the coronavirus crisis just one day after calling for politics to be set aside.

The issues started following Trump's poorly recieved presidential address, yet somehow he's found a way to make it Obama's fault again.

The Washington Post reports that the president was “apoplectic” and in "an unusually foul mood" as he sat and watched the stock market nosedive.

This morning Trump blamed the Obama administration for making changes “that only complicated things further”.

Obama left office three years ago and the GOP held a monopoly on the House, Senate and White House for two of them.

Trump tweeted: “For decades the @CDCgov looked at, and studied, its testing system, but did nothing about it. It would always be inadequate and slow for a large scale pandemic, but a pandemic would never happen, they hoped.

"President Obama made changes that only complicated things further.

"Their response to H1N1 Swine Flu was a full scale disaster, with thousands dying, and nothing meaningful done to fix the testing problem, until now.

"The changes have been made and testing will soon happen on a very large scale basis. All Red Tape has been cut, ready to go!”

The president has previously blamed Obama for a slow start to coronavirus testing, praising himself for casting aside an “Obama rule” to speed testing for the virus.

Today's Trump Twitter tantrum started a few hours after Biden gave a speech detailing his own coronavirus plan, in which he called Trump’s response a “colossal” failure, due to Trump spreading "misinformation" and responding following yet another massive drop in the nation’s stock market.

Biden criticised the gutting of government agencies and the Trump Administration's response before outlining his own.

During his 17 minute speech VP Biden said: "Downplaying it being overly dismissive or spreading misinformation is only going to hurt us and further advantage the spread of the disease.

"But neither should we panic or fall back on xenophobia.

"Travel restrictions based on favoritism and politics, rather than risk, will be counter-productive.

"Our ability to drive a global response is dramatically cut,' Biden said, by the 'damage Trump has done to our credibility.

"The administration’s failure on testing is colossal."

Trump fired back a few hours later by first bringing up the H1N1 swine flu pandemic that killed 12,469 Americans under Obama and Biden's leadership.

Trump wrote: "Sleepy Joe Biden was in charge of the H1N1 Swine Flu epidemic which killed thousands of people. The response was one of the worst on record.

"Our response is one of the best, with fast action of border closings & a 78% Approval Rating, the highest on record. His was lowest!"

He then quoted Fox anchor Lou Dobbs, and doubled down again on blaming Obama for the current situation 8 hours later, presumably after he woke up.

Trump's 78 per cent seems to derive from a Gallup poll from early February 2020, when public focus on the outbreak was low, that found 77 per cent of Americans had “high confidence” in the government’s ability to handle the coronavirus outbreak according to mediaite.

However, that same Gallup poll also found that 67 per cent of the public had had high confidence in the Obama administration’s H1N1 response in 2009.

Since February polls have found a steady erosion in job approval of Trump’s coronavirus response, which had dropped to only around 50 per cent during the first week of March, before the largest stock market drops and his widely panned Oval Office speech.

In his follow-up tweet, Trump slammed the Obama White House for waiting until October 2009 to declare the H1N1 swine flu a “national emergency.”

The Obama administration had already declared the epidemic a “public health emergency” in April, just weeks after the virus was detected and before anyone had died.

President Trump has so far refused to declare the pandemic a “national emergency” – a power he used last year in order to get emergency funding to build the US-Mexico border wall.

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