Joe Biden’s inflammatory and dishonest rhetoric was both dangerous and ill-judged,
especially for a man whose previous behavior during the swine flu outbreak was disgusting.
Joe Biden’s increasing signs of dementia appear to be only half the problem with the democrat presumptive nominee.
Apparently, he has a hard time telling the truth (something most people agree is a common trait among democrats.)
Thursday 12, Biden made horrendously inflammatory remarks during a press conference, where he attacked President Trump’s
handling of the coronavirus outbreak and spewed lies that even the Washington Post was forced to debunk.
Claiming “severe shortcomings,” the intellectually challenged candidate spread the fake news that the Trump
administration had cut the U.S. investment in global health.
However, it was actually the Obama
administration that made severe cuts to the CDC, while President Trump has increased that spending.
The response from the White House over the ill-judged rhetoric was accurate, succinct, and humiliating to Biden.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
The former vice president falsely stated that the Trump administration has cut investments in global health,
a claim the Washington Post’s fact checker rated “Three Pinocchios” just days ago.
“By cutting our investment in global health, this administration has left us woefully unprepared for the exact crisis
we now face,” Biden said in his address.
The attack mirrored a February tweet from Sen. Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) that accused Trump of shutting
down “37 of 47 global anti-pandemic programs.”
Both Biden and Murphy were referring to the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), which the United States
helped fund through a $600 million supplemental package to the CDC in 2015.
As the initial funding dwindled in early 2018, reports emerged suggesting the Trump administration would scale
back GHSA operations in all but 10 countries.
But the cuts never happened, and the Trump administration’s proposed 2021 budget includes an increase in the
GHSA’s annual appropriation.
“Murphy jumped to conclusions, assuming the funding reductions had gone into effect and the programs in nearly
40 countries were closed,” the Post wrote in March.
“But that’s not correct.…
The Trump administration backed off and now appears to fully support GHSA.”
The Biden campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
The Trump administration’s requested CDC funding in 2021 includes $175 million for global health security,
up from $125 million in 2020.
The CDC currently operates in more than 60 countries under its current funding, and the Trump administration
committed to extending GHSA funding beyond 2021.
“To ensure these successes continue their trajectory and maintain momentum, the administration
has affirmed its commitment to strengthening global health security and fully supports the next phase,
the GHSA 2024,” the White House budget proposal states.
In his address, Biden appeared to attack the Trump administration for general cuts in CDC funding, saying,
“Our government’s ability to respond effectively has been undermined by hollowing out our agencies.”
But the Obama administration also proposed cuts to the CDC’s budget before the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
According to the CDC, Obama requested $4.99 billion in 2013 CDC funding, down from $6.31 billion in 2010,
$6.26 billion in 2011, and $5.81 billion in 2012.
Biden also called for measures to fight the coronavirus that the Trump administration has already adopted.
The former vice president called the administration’s effort to test for the virus a failure, adding that
“Anyone who needs to be tested based on medical guidance should be tested at no charge.”
The White House on Tuesday announced that insurance companies would waive all copays on coronavirus testing.
Townhall reported on the White House response:
Biden pointed fingers at Trump and accused him of “xenophobia” because he called COVID-19 a “foreign virus”
in his White House address.
He also said the Trump administration was guilty of several “misjudgments” since the start of the outbreak,
particularly the president’s new travel bans.
As he announced Wednesday night, all travel to the U.S. from Europe will be banned starting Friday at midnight
for the next 30 days, with the exception of the United Kingdom.
Banning travel may “slow” the spread of the virus, but “it will not stop it,” Biden responded.
He then suggested that Trump’s travel restrictions were based on “favoritism.”
A few minutes later the former VP said that coronavirus had laid bare this administration’s “shortcomings” and that
Trump was relying on fear, not science, in his response to the health crisis.
Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020 communications director, responded in a statement on Thursday.
“In the past, Joe Biden has shown terrible judgment and incompetence in the face of public health issues,” Murtaugh said.
“The Obama White House had to publicly apologize for and clean up after Biden when his irresponsible remarks
caused panic during the swine flu outbreak in 2009.
Just weeks ago, he was openly critical of President Trump’s early move to restrict travel from China to
the United States in response to the coronavirus – a decision which medical experts agree helped impede
the spread of the virus to this country.
“Yesterday his campaign actually raised the vile conspiracy theory that the President purposely allowed
the coronavirus to spread. In times like this, America needs leadership and Biden has shown none.
President Trump acted early and decisively and has put the United States on stronger footing than other nations.
His every move has been aimed at keeping Americans safe, while Joe Biden has sought to capitalize politically and stoke
The Trump campaign added a few more thoughts on Twitter.
Joe Biden just lied, saying coronavirus tests should be in the millions, not thousands.
Has anyone told Joe that 1 million tests have already been distributed,
with 4 million distributed by the end of the week?
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) March 12, 2020
“During the 2009 swine flu outbreak, Biden made reckless comments unsupported by science and the experts,”
a Trump 2020 campaign account recalled.
Courtesy by Georgette
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