Governors Refute Trump Admin’s Claims of Adequate Testing Amid Pressures to Reopen States

Both Democratic and Republican governors in multiple states are pushing back against Vice President Mike Pence’s claims of adequate testing being available amid pressures for states to reopen.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.), Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.), Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) all appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday where they offered their take on testing capacity.

Michigan, one of the hardest-hit states, reportedly has only approximately 1,000 tests per 100,000 residents despite being one of the nation’s hard-hit.

According to Whitmer, Michigan is facing a shortage of testing swabs and reagents to combat coronavirus. She noted that the state could likely double or triple the number of tests its conducting on a daily basis but without the proper testing supplies, they are unable to do so.

See Whitmer’s remarks below:

Northam also had similar sentiments about Virginia. When asked about the White House’s claim of adequate testing, Northam fired back, calling the statement “delusional.”

“That’s just delusional to be making statements like that,” Northam said.

He continued, “For the national level to say that we have what we need and really to have no guidance to the state levels is just irresponsible because we’re not there yet.”

See Northam’s remarks below:

Hogan also pushed back against the Pence and Trump’s testing capacity claims, saying, “It’s just absolutely false.”

The Maryland governor also believes limited testing capacity is likely “the number one problem in America” where the coronavirus is concerned.

“To say that the governors have plenty of testing and they should just get to work on testing, somehow we aren’t doing our job, is just absolutely false,” Hogan said. “Every governor in America has been pushing and fighting and clawing to get more tests.”

Hogan’s remarks were in response to Pence’s comments during a recent White House coronavirus press briefing where the vice president said, “We believe today that we have the capacity today in the United States to do a sufficient amount of testing for state’s to move into phase one at the time and manner that they deem to be appropriate.”

See Hogan’s remarks below:

The governors’ comments follow Pence’s remarks where he pressed governors to increase testing as they prepare to reopen states.

During an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Pence was asked about the reports detailing pertinent requirements needed to safely reopen the country — three times more testing and an increase in contact tracing.

Pence noted that testing for coronavirus — to detect the virus and monitor individuals with symptoms — would be available. He also confirmed the United States is currently doing approximately 150,000 tests per day but he thinks “we can double that number” by working with governors.

Check out Pence’s take on testing capacity below:

Adequate testing capacity has been a problem many governors have faced for weeks. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) recently revealed the challenges her state has faced trying to combat the coronavirus.

In addition to limited testing capacity, Kelly revealed on Friday that none of her medical supply orders to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have been fulfilled, as previously reported on IJR.

Although Pence is confident about testing, governors are still apprehensive. As of Monday, the state of Texas has begun phases to reopen its economy.

Responses

  1. Stan seems to not I understand the difference between critiquing a leader who fails to take decisive and comprehensive actions to protect the country and critiquing a leader for the performance of companies developing tests.

  2. If the soldiers on the front line ate telling their commanders that they are out of ammo, you don’t assume they don’t know how to use their guns.
    Also, arthritic fingers are not as dexterous and don’t move as fast as they once were/did.

  3. The virus test has been shown to have problems. The ONLY test that matters is the anti-body test and THAT test needs to be GOLDEN. It’s gonna take some time people. President Trump is NOT in the quality control department of ANY company putting out the crappy virus tests. Quit blaming him for all these tests problems.

  4. This is EXACTLY like cuomo complaining about ventilators when he had 4,000 sitting in a warehouse that he had no idea about. michael, do a little research on your own, how many ventilators has coumo NOW given to other states because of his chicken little antics?

  5. michael-“wherebdid you get that onformation”? Do you have a drinking problem? By the tone of almost ALL of your comments, the answer is YES!

  6. >Michael<

    The Task Force has confirmed there are plenty of test kits in the field; the people just don't know how to use them. They need to be taught. Otherwise, the money to buy the kits was wasted.

    Without Trump's leadership, the situation would be much worse. It is also the Governors responsibility to lead the operation in their States; not Trump's to do their job and babysit the lazy ones who obviously lack leadership ability. Your finger is pointed in the wrong direction when speaking of "incompetence".

  7. Governors have stepped up to fill the giant leadership void left by POTUS. The administration would be wise to listen to honest leaders like Hogan rather than making s*** up and trying to cover up the incompetence.

  8. Maybe if Coon Man Northam (D), et al would teach the people HOW to use the testing materials and stop criticizing Trump (R) and whining like little diapered kids constantly, the positive/negative results would be available to their individual Health Departments and the CDC.

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