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Testing reality continues to differ from Trump’s claims

For example, Trump has been claiming that millions of testing kits are available but then the administration has had to purchase 600K tests from South Korea.  Let's face it. The decision to build our own test kits was the beginning of this unfolding disaster. 


Testing in the United States was delayed significantly for weeks, thanks in part to a decision for the government to build its own test. When that test ran into problems, it severely limited the number of tests that could be conducted. The Post reported last month that only a few thousands tests from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were conducted by Feb. 28 — compared with tens of thousands of tests that had been completed in South Korea.As it turns out, though, Trump’s confidence in the U.S. testing process wasn’t as solid as he presented last week. Reuters reported on Monday morning that South Korea would send 600,000 of its own test kits to the United States this week after Trump specifically requested them last month. The White House has consistently claimed that millions of test kits were available for testing, often conflating that figure with the number of tests that were expected to be completed. The order from South Korea is curious for two reasons: It contradicts Trump’s claims about the supremacy of U.S. tests, and it suggests a lack of supply, at least at that time. 

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