Donald Trump has explained that the lack of medical supplies in the United States is because he has "a lot of things going on."
Speaking to David Muir of ABC, the president was quizzed as to his administrations' highly criticised response to coronavirus, which has left more than 1.2 million Americans infected.
During the pandemic, Trump has consistently blamed Barack Obama's administration for apparently leaving them with insubstantial medical reserves or as he puts it "empty cupboards".
This claim from Trump has been widely discredited as the Strategic National Stockpile of medical equipment that the US has at its disposal was reportedly described as an $8 billion armoury in November 2019.
When asked about his claims on the so-called "empty cupboards" Trump came up with an excuse which is probably even worse than "the dog ate my homework".
The president actually tried to blame the probe into his supposed dealings with Russia and the impeachment, most of which came to an end in January.
Well, I’ll be honest, I have a lot of things going on. We had a lot of people that refused to allow the country to be successful.
They wasted a lot of time on Russia, Russia, Russia. That turned out to be a total hoax. Then they did Ukraine, Ukraine, and that was a total hoax.
Then they impeached the president of the United States for absolutely no reason.
As you can imagine, people were not impressed with this explanation from the actual president of the United States of America.
How did his team not prep him for that .... https://t.co/LdDMGRwKTi
HEADLINE: President too busy to do job, plan for emergencies, and save lives. https://t.co/IPkyzp5AxJ
— House Homeland Security Committee (@House Homeland Security Committee)
In April, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner said that the stockpile wasn't for the use of states around the country but was actually a 'federal stockpile' i.e. it's only for the government.
During a press briefing this is what he actually said:
The notion of the federal stockpile was it's supposed to be our stockpile. It's not supposed to be states' stockpiles that they then use.
At the time of writing, the US is the only country in the world with one million confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 72,000 deaths.