This is a latest example of Trump parroting what he hears from far-right pundits, who are claiming that an Obama-era regulation that all lab tests must be approved by the FDA is what's causing the delay in coronavirus containment.
Mike Pence then went on to say that the administration had reversed this rule.
We're not scientists or doctors, but it seems that having medical procedures be properly tested before rolling them out is actually... a good thing? Then again, in cases of emergency, weakening the requirements may make perfect sense, and if that's the reason coronavirus continues to spread and Trump knew it – why didn't he do so sooner? So many questions.
It's worth noting that Obama dealt with the Ebola outbreak of 2014, which was limited to just 11 cases in the US, compared to the 159-and-counting coronavirus cases.
In related news, Intelligencer reports that several officials in charge of pandemic response have left or were fired since Trump took office, and "the global health community has been raising alarms for two years about the administration’s lack of preparedness".