Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell really stepped in it this week as he took shots at former President Barack Obama, and went as far as to say Donald Trump’s predecessor “should have kept his mouth shut,” and called the former president “classless.” That, of course, set off a firestorm of attention. During that same interview with Lara Trump, McConnell falsely claimed the Obama administration didn’t leave behind a “game plan” for a pandemic.
McConnell knew full well that the Obama administration left behind a pandemic playbook, but he just went with it anyway.
“They claim pandemics only happen once every hundred years but what if that’s no longer true? We want to be early, ready for the next one, because clearly the Obama administration did not leave to this administration any kind of game plan for something like this,” McConnell told Lara Trump who did not say a word to call the Kentucky Republican out.
That didn’t go down well with Ronald Klain, who was the Ebola coordinator for the Obama administration. Klain tweeted, “We literally left them a 69-page Pandemic Playbook…. that they ignored.”
“And an office called the Pandemic Preparedness Office… that they abolished,” he added. “And a global monitoring system called PREDICT .. that they cut by 75%.”
We literally left them a 69-page Pandemic Playbook…. that they ignored
And an office called the Pandemic Preparedness Office… that they abolished.
And a global monitoring system called PREDICT .. that they cut by 75% https://t.co/OD94v0UI4n
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) May 12, 2020
Well, during an interview on Fox News, McConnell had to walk his claims back.
“I was wrong,” McConnell said after he was asked about his comments during a Fox News interview.
“They did leave behind a plan. I clearly made a mistake in that regard,” he said.
“As to whether or not the plan was followed and who is the critic and all the rest, I don’t have any observation about that because I don’t know enough about the details of that … to comment on it in any detail,” he added.
Donald Trump has been in office for over three years, and the president, along with his colleagues, continues to blame the former president for the current president’s failures.
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