It’s Way Past Time for the Rest of Us To Get the Same Access to COVID-19 Testing That the Trump Family Enjoys
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and presidential aide Hope Hicks have tested positive for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. At this point the president is reportedly suffering from cold-like symptoms. All attendees at his campaign fundraiser at his Bedminster golf course yesterday are being urged to get tested for the virus.
Daily COVID-19 testing of the president began in early May, after his personal valet tested positive for the virus. Yet just one week later, at a campaign stop in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the president opined, “It could be that testing is, frankly, overrated. Maybe it is overrated. But whatever. They start yelling, ‘We want more. We want more.’ You know, they always say, ‘We want more. We want more’—because they don’t want to give you credit. Then we do more and they say, ‘We want more.'”
The “we” who want more testing and who are failing to give the president “credit” that he evidently thinks he deserves for the relatively few tests that were then available are researchers and public health officials who have been arguing for months that cheap, rapid COVID-19 tests are a vital tool for jump-starting the economy by helping to contain the pandemic.
In a June 19 interview with The Wall Street Journal, the president again said, “I personally think testing is overrated, even though I created the greatest testing machine in history.” He added that more testing in the U.S. led to an increase in confirmed cases, and that “in many ways, it makes us look bad.”
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