‘Pro-Life’ Trump Admin Trying to Block Money COVID-19 Testing, Tracing and CDC in New Coronavirus Aid Bill
The “pro-life” Trump administration is reportedly trying to block billions of dollars for COVID-19 testing, tracing and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a new coronavirus relief bill that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is going to unveil this coming week.
Government sources told the Washington Post that some Senate Republicans want $25 billion for states’ COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, but the Trump administration wants to cut that funding entirely.
Some White House officials believe that billions of dollars in previous assistance for COVID-19 testing is unspent even though there is a lack of coronavirus testing across the country.
DNYUZ reports how the Trump White House abandoned leadership role in the COVID-19 crisis:
But their ultimate goal was to shift responsibility for leading the fight against the pandemic from the White House to the states. They referred to this as “state authority handoff,” and it was at the heart of what would become at once a catastrophic policy blunder and an attempt to escape blame for a crisis that had engulfed the country — perhaps one of the greatest failures of presidential leadership in generations.
Over a critical period beginning in mid-April, President Trump and his team convinced themselves that the outbreak was fading, that they had given state governments all the resources they needed to contain its remaining “embers” and that it was time to ease up on the lockdown.