President Donald Trump once again tried to blame his predecessor for not creating a test for the novel coronavirus, which did not exist in humans until mere months ago.
While talking with reporters, Trump again asserted that former President Barack Obama was to blame for the United States’ infamously late scramble to produce quality COVID-19 tests.
“The last administration left us with nothing!” Trump ranted. “We started off with bad, broken tests and obsolete tests!”
CNN’s Jim Acosta, however, asked Trump how Obama could have possibly been expected to deliver a test for a disease that had never been seen in humans until nearly three years after he left office.
“It’s a new virus, so how could the tests be broken?” he asked.
“Jim, we had broken tests!” Trump insisted. “We had tests that were obsolete, we had tests that didn’t take care of people!”
Trump then pivoted to Obama’s handling of the H1N1 swine flu, which killed five times fewer Americans in the span of one year than the novel coronavirus has killed over just six weeks.
Watch the video below.
.@Acosta: You say you had "broken tests" from Obama — the coronavirus is a new virus, so how could the tests be broken?
TRUMP: "We have broken tests. We had tests that were obsolete. We had tests that didn't take care of people." (None of this makes sense.) pic.twitter.com/r7oobJNFU2
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 30, 2020
Trump’s attacks on voting ‘backfired and only inspired people to march early to the polls’: report
Clark County Registrar of Voters Joseph Gloria has had three decades of election experience in Nevada, but had never seen a "perfect storm," as he called it, like this before. With all hands on deck for this election cycle, Gloria helped put together an entire mail-in voting system in less than 90 days to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m as comfortable as I can be because I have an excellent staff,” Gloria said. “We learned some things in the primary and are feeling good about this cycle, but unfortunately we have people at the national level who are encouraging people to do things that disrupt the polling place and make it a challenge for us to process votes.”
Watch Kamala Harris laugh out loud when 60 Minutes asks her if Trump is racist
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) laughed when asked if President Donald Trump was racist during a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday evening on CBS.
"Do you think the president is racist?" Nora O'Donnell asked.
"Yes, I do," Harris replied, with a laugh. "Yeah, I do."
"You can look at a pattern that goes back to him questioning the identity of the first Black president of the United States," she said, referring to the racist "birther" conspiracy theory he pushed against Barack Obama.
"You can look at Charlottesville, when there were peaceful protesters and on the other side neo-Nazis and he talks about fine people on either side," she continued. "Calling Mexicans rapists and criminals? His first order of business was to institute a Muslim ban?"
Lesley Stahl takes Trump to task for still not having a health care plan as 60 Minutes airs interview
CBS News' Lesley Stahl took heat from President Donald J. Trump for asking him "tough questions" during their interview for 60 Minutes and the train wreck will air Sunday night in primetime.
But in the meantime, there's this:
Lesley Stahl: But you're okay with some tough questions?
President Donald Trump: No, I'm not. I mean--
Lesley Stahl: (LAUGH) You're not okay with tough questions?