President Donald Trump’s former acting chief of staff criticized the country’s coronavirus testing on Monday and argued that any future relief package should focus on COVID itself as the “root cause” of the recession, rather than on remedies like stimulus checks.
“I know it isn’t popular to talk about in some Republican circles, but we still have a testing problem in this country,” Mick Mulvaney, who is currently the U.S.’ special envoy to Northern Ireland, wrote in an op-ed for CNBC.
Mulvaney described his family’s efforts to get tested for the coronavirus, noting that they had to wait up to a week to receive his son’s results, while being told his daughter didn’t meet the criteria for receiving a test, even though she was planning on visiting her grandparents.
“That is simply inexcusable at this point in the pandemic,” Mulvaney said.
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Trump has frequently boasted about the United States’ response to coronavirus and its testing capabilities compared to other countries. He has attributed a rise in coronavirus cases to expanded testing, even though the surges in cases in hard-hit states exceed the increases in testing and hospitals are facing growing strains.