Trump's latest tweet about coronavirus testing is like a greatest hits of his favorite lies - 2020-05-18
Every single factual claim in a tweet President Donald Trump posted on Monday morning about the state of US coronavirus testing is either blatantly false or misleading.
While there's legitimately good news on the testing front the president could be talking about, like a steady increase in the number of tests completed per day, his latest public comment on the issue reads like a 279-character greatest hits of his favorite bogus talking points — blaming former President Barack Obama for a delay in test availability, overstating how much testing the US has already done, and turning a blind eye to ongoing supply shortages the federal government has done little to solve.
Trump wants people to believe that coronavirus testing in the US has been a resounding success and that there's already enough testing capacity to reopen businesses — and thereby resuscitate the economy ahead of November's election. Progress is in fact being made, but we're not there yet. And since the president has largely left states to fend for themselves when it comes to building out testing capacity, he really shouldn't be trying to take credit for recent tentative successes.