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Infighting Breaks Out in Trump Administration Over Testing Problems at CDC

The failure to hold anyone accountable for their actions in government is mind-boggling.

During the early days of the pandemic, the CDC dropped the ball, which is why testing was so delayed, so why is one Trump official calling out another official for simply making that fact known?

The Testing Debacle

During the very early days of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was responsible for creating and producing an effective COVID-19 test.

The agency failed.

There was a contamination that set the country back several weeks, if not months, in being able to mass-produce a viable test in this country.

When Trade Advisor Peter Navarro criticized the CDC for this error, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar went after him with guns blazing.

Navarro stated, “Early on in this crisis, the CDC, which really had the most trusted brand around the world in this space — really let the country down with the testing.

“Not only did they keep the testing within the bureaucracy, they had a bad test and that set us back.”

Harsh and a bit vague but also truthful. This is not to try to deflect blame from Trump or anyone, for that matter.

As I have stated many times, it was, sadly, just one of those things and more than likely would have occurred regardless of who was in the White House.

This is something the American people need to know, not have excuses made or have it hidden.

It is an example of transparency, something we get very rarely from government officials.

After Navarro made his comments, Secretary Azar went into defense mode, stating, “The comments regarding the CDC are inaccurate and inappropriate.”

He would go on to say the CDC “had one error, which was in scaling up the manufacturing of the tests they had developed.

“There was a contamination that didn’t affect the accuracy of the test, it just led to inconclusive results.”

Regardless, though, the test was not able to go out and we lost valuable time. It was a mistake, and yes, the country was let down because of it. But there is no need to make excuses and defend the CDC here.

It was their screwup and they need to own it and fix it so it never happens again.

This administration simply cannot afford to have this open bickering in the media when Democrats are just looking for material to use in their campaign ads.

If I were Trump, I would be sitting everyone down right now to establish a common and truthful narrative about what happened.

Having two senior officials bicker like this in public is only going to add to the narrative Dems are already pitching, which is that this administration is simply incapable of handling this crisis.

Source: Fox News

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