Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined the growing list of Democrats who are calling on President Trump to not blame the Chinese Communist Party and the World Health Organization for the United States' epidemic of COVID-19.
Schiff tweeted on Friday that states across the country are doing everything they can to get the protective personal equipment and medical supplies, but "that’s no substitute for national leadership. Stop blaming China, the WHO, or the states. Start acting like a President."
States are doing everything possible to acquire the materials, reagents, and protective gear to increase their own testing.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 17, 2020
But that’s no substitute for national leadership.
Stop blaming China, the WHO, or the states.
Start acting like a President. https://t.co/YMtR1w2k1T
Schiff was responding to a tweet from Trump that called for state governors to step up their testing capabilities.
The States have to step up their TESTING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2020
Similarly, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) absolved China of the blame for the resulting worldwide pandemic of the coronavirus after it originated from Wuhan, China.
"The reason that we're in the crisis that we are today is not because of anything that China did," Murphy told CNN on Tuesday.
Trump recently announced his administration has put a hold on funding for the World Health Organization pending the results of an investigation to see if it suppressed information on the seriousness of COVID-19 during the early stages of the outbreak.
"This is an evaluation period," Trump said. "I am instructing my administration to halt funding of the World Health Organization while a review is conducted to assess the World Health Organization's role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus."
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