Romney Blasts US Coronavirus Testing Capacity: ‘Nothing to Celebrate Whatsoever’

President Donald Trump is boasting about the country’s increased coronavirus testing capacity. However, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) says not so fast.

“I find our testing record nothing to celebrate whatsoever,” Romney said during a Senate hearing with members of the White House coronavirus task force on Tuesday.

Romney noted that during a press conference the day before, Trump and Adm. Brett Giroir touted the news that the United States is now conducting more tests per capita than South Korea. 

“But you ignored the fact that they accomplished theirs at the beginning of the outbreak, while we treaded water during February and March,” he said. 

He continued, “And, as a result, by March 6, the U.S. had completed just 2,000 tests, whereas South Korea had conducted more than 140,000 tests.”

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The White House has ramped up the country’s testing abilities significantly from the beginning of the outbreak. On Monday, Trump announced that the federal government $11 billion to states to help with their coronavirus testing plans.

South Korea, which has been seen as the gold standard for testing, has just under 11,000 coronavirus cases and 258 deaths. 

In the early months of the outbreak, South Korea led the world coronavirus testing per capita. However, the U.S. is currently testing more than twice the number of people per capita than South Korea.

The U.S. is testing roughly 28,000 people per million, compared to 13,000 per million in South Korea. However, the U.S. is lagging behind Italy, Canada, and the United Kingdom. 

But experts say that if the U.S. had ramped up testing sooner, it could have significantly slowed the spread of the virus.

Additionally, experts say that in order to safely reopen, the U.S. needs to test millions of Americans per day.

White House officials said on Monday that they hope to test 12.9 million people in May. 

During the press conference on Monday, Trump claimed that the U.S. had “prevailed on testing.” 

And Giroir said that “everybody who needs a test can get a test.” He specified that people who would “need” a test are individuals who have been exposed to the virus or are exhibiting symptoms.

But Romney took issue with Trump and Giroir’s comments about the country’s testing capabilities.

“I understand that politicians are going to frame data in a way that is most positive politically,” he said, adding, “Of course, I don’t expect that from admirals.”

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  1. https :// www·vanityfair·com/news/2020/05/trump-eyes-campaign-shake-up

    However, there IS something to celebrate in Dear Leader’s swing state numbers being “horrific”. Uh oh.

    American Fascist Party senators now fear that Dear Leader will take THEM down with him.

    In 2016, voters who didn’t want either presidential monimee voted for Dear Leader by 17% anyway.

    For 2020, the same type of voter (doesn’t want either nominee) will vote for Biden by about 40%.

    1. “For 2020, the same type of voter (doesn’t want either nominee) will vote for Biden by about 40%.” Once again, you state opinion as fact, no matter how stupid it is. For over 3 years all those voters heard from the dims was Russia, Russia, Russia and that is falling apart more and more each day. For months now, all they have heard from the dims is we need more testing, but NO PLAN from the dims. So now, pelosi introduces a bill that has how much in it for testing? Less than 1%. All the mindless mynah birds screamed about testing and when they have a chance to present a plan for that testing, their true colors come out. LESS than 1%. Other people AREN’T as stupid as you (monimee) scotty boi. I’m glad to now know where you get your political ideas, vanity fair.

    2. Vanity Fair, an industry standard for political thinking (sarc), but scotty boi can’t wait to post a link to an article that is entirely based on, wait for it, UNNAMED SOURCES(more likely the author’s imagination). The very same publication that posted an article titled “How Andrew Cuomo Became the Coronavirus Trump Antidote”. The very same andrew cuomo that sent Wuhan Flu positive cases to nursing homes to be around the nation’s most vulnerable people. The very same andrew cuomo that said, “that providing masks and gowns to nursing homes is ‘not our job’ because the homes are privately owned.” Then “the governor warned that homes that can’t provide appropriate care, as well as personal protective equipment for staff, will lose their operating licenses.” Yeppers, Vanity Fair is where EVERYONE should get their political views from. Explains a lot as to why scotty boi is so misguided.

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