The Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has boldly and falsely claimed that the Obama administration did not leave Donald Trump a 'game plan' for dealing with a pandemic.
During a virtual discussion with Lara Trump, the wife of Eric Trump, and the adviser for the president's re-election campaign, McConnell complained about the previous administration not doing anything to help their successor should a crisis as a coronavirus occur.
Speaking on a live stream for 'Team Trump', the Kentucky Republican said on dealing with any potential pandemics in the future.
They claim pandemics only happen every once every 100 years but what if that's no longer true? We want to be early and ready for the next one because clearly the Obama administration did not leave to this administration andy kind of game plan for something like this.
Lara Trump replied to that by saying:
That's exactly right.
Lara and Mitch, we hate to be the bearers of bad news but the Obama administration did leave you a so-called 'game plan' for dealing with pandemics,
As Politico report in 2016 the National Security Council complete a 69-page booklet that detailed how to move swiftly to detect a viral outbreak, how to secure supplemental funding and what responsibilities the White House should take in such a crisis.
Not only did they fail to follow these guidelines, but there are also disputed claims that National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense, which was set up by Obama, was disbanded by Trump with members being assigned other roles in the White House.
On top of this, a pandemic monitoring program called 'PREDICT' was already being closed up by Trump, with CNN reporting that as late as December 2019, when Covid-19 had already broken out in China, that Trump was still following through with his plan. Three months later they eventually backtracked on this decision and granted the program a six-month extension.
McConnell's completely ignorant claim about the Obama administration's neglect did not go unnoticed with many happy to tell the 78-year-old where he had gone wrong.
That last tweet comes from Ronald Klain, who was an Ebola czar and served in the Obama administration during the Ebola outbreak that lasted between 2014 and 2016.
If that wasn't enough, here is a video of Obama speaking in 2014, laying out exactly how the United States should have been preparing for a pandemic, long before anyone even knew what Covid-19 was.
At the time of writing, more than 1.3 million people in the United States has contracted coronavirus, which has resulted in more than 81,000 deaths.