Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) quickly responded to a trill from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who criticized President Donald Trump for pointing out that during the Barack Obama administration, access to medical testing became increasingly difficult.
“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 …” President Trump tweeted.
In the face of the alarms generated by the advance of the spread of the Chinese coronavirus in the United States, the Trump administration has become the target of criticism from the opposition party, which has maintained the argument that the necessary measures are not being implemented to treat the virus that has now been declared a pandemic.
In the recent episode that took place on Twitter, Schumer urged President Trump to stop blaming others and simply get to work.
In response to Schumer’s words, Crenshaw emphasized that the strict regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were established long ago, further back than the Obama and Trump eras.
It’s not Obama’s fault and it’s not Trump’s fault. We have stringent FDA regulations, long in place, that created barriers to the private industry creating a test quickly.
This obsession with scoring political points is downright gross. https://t.co/NvTptK3utT
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) March 13, 2020
Crenshaw accused Schumer of advocating a position clearly influenced by political views, noting that his intervention was frankly “downright gross.”
The Republican congressman has also been denying the false accusations of the Democrats as uncertainty about the coronavirus grows among Americans.
One example was a message to the Trump administration from Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg, who accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of reduced funding, according to Townhall.
“This is false. They haven’t,” Crenshaw explained. “The Associated Press had to fact check Mike Bloomberg for making this really dishonest claim.
“In fact, over the last five years, we’ve increased funding for a lot of the resources that we need for this kind of epidemic,” Crenshaw added.
Some Democrats like Bernie Sanders have used populist rhetoric to indicate that President Trump will only provide the vaccine to wealthy people, which is not true since the vaccine would not likely be available before next year.
Another common signal that Democrats have used to counter the president’s measures is the idea that he is minimizing the problem and downplaying it.
Crenshaw wrote, “Is he really downplaying it? Of course not. What he was saying was, he’s tired of the Democrats trying to politicize this entire thing (…) When he says, ‘Don’t panic,’ it doesn’t mean he’s not taking it seriously. It doesn’t mean that our government, as a whole, isn’t taking it very, very seriously. Of course, we should, but we also shouldn’t panic.
Another Democrat denied by Crenshaw was Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden, who said, referring to the president’s arguments, that a wall, as well as any ban on travel from abroad, would not stop the advance of the coronavirus, according to The Daily Wire.
In response to former Vice President Biden, Crenshaw said that walls literally help stop the spread of the virus, citing recommendations from health experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, who spoke about the importance of restricting foreign travel as a measure to slow the spread of the virus.
So far, the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak has led to the closure of most massive public events such as sporting events, as well as a historic stock market drop. On Friday, March 13, the president officially declared a national emergency.
During Friday night hours, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed an agreement with the Trump administration to introduce a multimillion-dollar aid package for Americans affected by the virus.