倒叙: Ron Klain said in 2020 that Biden would use his 'power' to reverse COVID-19 testing shortages

克莱因, who served as a top adviser to Biden during the 2020 运动, slammed Trump several times in 2020 over the shortage of tests, even going as far as criticizing the former commander-in-chief for not using his presidential power to demand the U.S. economy make more tests.

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Again President Trump talks a good game about his absolute power, but the power he really has—the power to take control of the supply chain, to demand that more tests be made, to demand that more gear be made, to get that gear out,” Klain said in a 2020 美国广播公司 面试. “That’s the power President Trump’s refused to use.

White House chief of staff Ron Klain attends an event with governors of western states and members of the Biden administration cabinet June 30, 2021, 在华盛顿.

White House chief of staff Ron Klain attends an event with governors of western states and members of the Biden administration cabinet June 30, 2021, 在华盛顿. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

That’s a power Joe Biden would use as president if this is still going on when he becomes president to make sure that we are testing the American people — we are making our healthcare workers safe when they treat us,” 他继续.

Klain also took similar shots at Trump in a 2020 运动 视频, 说,The Biden plan starts with fixing Trump’s testing fiasco. He’d make sure that all Americans have access to regular, reliable, and free testing.During the campaign, he posted several times on his Twitter account about the COVID-19 test shortage.

Testing still isn’t fixed. Testing still isn’t fixed. Testing still isn’t fixed. We are the richest country on Earth, and we don’t have enough SWABS,” Klain dramatically tweeted in June 2020. “Testing still isn’t fixed. Testing still isn’t fixed.

The WH has testing DAILY for all who meet the President.But they have no plan for testing for hundreds of millions of Americans who don’t — and less 2% of the country gets tested each week,” the now-chief of staff wrote the same month.

The Biden administration has faced mounting criticism over the testing shortage, with Brown University School of Public Health Dean Dr. Ashish K. Jha CNN last week that the administrationdropped the ballon the testing shortage.

Biden’s own criticism of Trump during the testing shortage in 2020 came under scrutiny earlier this week, such as when the president called it atravestythat there was still a lack of testing.

The president also told governors that the COVID-19 pandemic hasno federal solutionand that it gets solved at the state level.

拜登政府 announced a plan to purchase 500 million at-home rapid tests for COVID-19 and distribute them for free, but health experts said the number is far below what is needed to address the omicron surge.

White House chief of staff Ron Klain listens as President Joe Biden speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, 星期五, 十一月. 12, 2021, 在华盛顿.

White House chief of staff Ron Klain listens as President Joe Biden speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, 星期五, 十一月. 12, 2021, 在华盛顿. (美联社照片/ Evan Vucci)

White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates told Fox News Digital that becauseof the historic national response to the pandemic the President has mobilized, turning around the uncoordinated effort he inherited, which left states to fend for themselves, the federal government is now the strong partner states need — which governors from both parties have praised him for.

“多于 80% of American adults have received a vaccine dose, 以上 200 million tests are on the market with more on the way as we fight an unprecedently contagious variant that has caused worldwide shortages,” Bates said in a Tuesday email. “President Biden tapped the Defense Production Act to surge testing capacity, which his predecessor refused to do – instead literally ordering staff to ‘slow the testing down please’ and adding, ‘I don’t kid.'

This national response is why last year broke the record for new jobs created in a President’s first year, 为什么, despite the most contagious version of covid yet, we’re able to avoid lockdowns, keep our schools open, and keep our economy growing at the fastest pace in almost 40 年份,” 他继续.

另外, a White House staffer told Fox News Digital that the Biden administration is using the Defense Production Act (DPA) to increase the production of tests and that the Trump administration did not use this legislation to do so.

The staffer also noted that the federal government cannot solve the pandemic on its own and that it needs to lead the federal response to the pandemic and work in tandem with state and local governments.

福克斯新闻’ Edmund DeMarche contributed reporting.

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