Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) grew frustrated with acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf when he couldn’t answer some basic questions about the potential for a major coronavirus outbreak in the United States.
“How many [cases of coronavirus in the United States] are you anticipating?” Kennedy asked Wolf during a Senate hearing.
“We’re working with [Health and Human Services] to determine that,” Wolf replied.
“How many are you anticipating?” Kennedy asked again.
“We do anticipate the number will grow, I don’t have an exact figure for you,” he replied.
“Is someone modeling that, do you have any way of guessing?” Kennedy asked.
“Again, HHS, through their medical professionals, are…” Wolf began.
“You’re head of Homeland Security!” Kennedy interrupted. “Your job is to keep us safe!”
Wolf eventually admitted that he did not know what HHS’s models were anticipating when it came to how far the disease could spread in the United States.
“Don’t you think you ought to check on that?” Kennedy asked. “As the head of Homeland Security?”
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“You’re the secretary. I think you oughta know that answer” — Even @SenJohnKennedy (R) is fed up with Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf’s ignorance about coronavirus pic.twitter.com/yx1anMAAFV
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 25, 2020
Trump isn’t getting enough credit for being ‘courageous’ in his coronavirus response: Ben Carson
In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News Thursday night, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson complained that President Donald Trump is not getting enough credit for how "courageous" he was in his response to the coronavirus pandemic.
"Absolutely, they're not getting the credit for it," said Carson. "And for that sake, you know, neither is the president getting the credit for being incredibly courageous. You know, imposing the travel ban so early on. Now you have people saying, oh, you were too late. The same people who were telling people to go out and have fun and to mix."
Only 5,500 rapid COVID-19 tests touted by Trump are being deployed — for the entire country: report
by Rachana Pradham
A coronavirus test made by Abbott Laboratories and introduced with considerable fanfare by President Donald Trump in a Rose Garden news conference this week is giving state and local health officials very little added capacity to perform speedy tests needed to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
“That’s a whole new ballgame,” Trump said. “I want to thank Abbott Labs for the incredible work they’ve done. They’ve been working around-the-clock.”
Yet a document circulated among officials at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency this week shows that state and local public health labs were set to receive a total of only 5,500 coronavirus tests from the giant manufacturer of medical devices, diagnostics and drugs, according to emails obtained by Kaiser Health News.