Biden calls out Trump for testing his staff while telling Americans testing isn't necessary
By: Annie Linskey (MSN)
President Joe is using science to divide us without understanding or explaining the science. Joe Biden highlights testing being done in the White House but ignores that everyone is being tested every day. A single test doesn't accomplish much. That's what the testing regime for the White House shows.
How often should everyone be tested? People who test negative must be retested until a positive result is obtained. To have any value everyone would need to be tested on a regular schedule. And the nasal swab sampling certainly can't be done while social distancing. Performing the sampling and testing involves some risk, too.
The nasal swab and genetic test for an active infection does work. But it's the wrong type of test for medical response or planning. A positive result doesn't provide useful information for treatment or therapies; the best available medical protocol is to treat symptoms. A negative result doesn't indicate if an individual is still at risk or has developed immunity. And a negative result means the individual would need to be tested on a regular schedule.
President Joe has jumped the shark for political purposes. Joe Biden is misusing science to score political points, that's all. Does Joe Biden understand the science? Or does Joe Biden care more about making a political attack than he cares about science?
Joe Biden is peddling snake oil. That's not leadership; that's just politics.
Former vice president Joe Biden launched a fresh line of attack against President Trump on Monday, criticizing the president for offering coronavirus tests to his staff while telling Americans that testing isn't important.
"If Trump and his team understand how critical testing is to their safety — and they seem to, given their own behavior — why are they insisting that it's unnecessary for the American people?" Biden wrote in an op-ed published in The Washington Post.
Biden returned to the theme later in the piece, writing, "Instead of once again seeking to divide us, Trump should be working to get Americans the same necessary protections he has gotten for himself."
Last week, Trump said that testing is not necessary to safely end virus-related restrictions to life and work in the country, dismissing the advice of health experts, scientists and even some Republican allies.
He has also focused on the optics, noting that more testing would probably lead to increases in the official count of infected Americans. "In a way, by doing all of this testing we make ourselves look bad," Trump said last week.
The president receives a daily test for the virus, as do the top aides who come in regular contact with him. Two White House aides recently tested positive for the virus, which Trump has pointed to as evidence that testing is not worthwhile.
"This is why the whole concept of tests aren't necessarily great," Trump said Friday. "The tests are perfect, but something can happen between the test where it's good and then something happens and all of a sudden — she [the aide] was tested very recently and tested negative and today I guess for some reason she tested positive."
In a statement, White House spokesman Judd P. Deere defended that administration's testing response. "The United States has done more than double the number of tests of any country in the world," he said. "We are the global leader in testing capacity and continue to work with governors to ensure they have enough capacity for a safe, responsible reopen."
The United States has performed about 6 million tests in the past few months but has tested a significantly smaller percentage of the population than many other countries.
About 300,000 tests are being conducted each day throughout the country. Researchers at Harvard University have said we would need to conduct about 5 million tests a day by June — and 20 million a day by July — to safely return to normal life.
Sean Sullivan and Josh Dawsey contributed to this report.