CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny came clean on national television and said President Joe Biden seemed confused during his latest ABC interview. Biden has been shielded from the press, certainly any unfriendly press, so when he does sit down for a softball interview he cannot afford to flub it.
But he did according to Zeleny who said Biden was not only confused but also “not accepting any responsibility for this lack of testing. There is no sense from this administration tests will be sent out early in January as the president suggested.”
Biden and his team were caught flatfooted without enough tests for the new rapidly spreading variant and while they made a big show of saying they ordered hundreds of millions of tests to hand to Americans there is no way the tests will be available in time to deal with Omicron. (See Video Below)
eff Zeleny, CNN’s chief national affairs correspondent said: “Repeatedly throughout this interview, President Biden seems confused and was confusing the half a billion tests that they’ve ordered with a half a billion pills.
“Of course, pills were in the news today with the Pfizer approval of the anti-viral, so he corrected himself, but that was one thing that stuck out to me.
“Simply, this administration, and the president leading the charge here, really not accepting any responsibility at all for this lack of testing.
“We’ve seen these images across the country, long lines, just the inability to get tests.
“And yes, Omicron came on very quickly here, but it has been almost a month since Thanksgiving where they knew this was coming.
“So he said he wishes he could have acted faster, and then explains why he didn’t.
“But the question also is, the at-home tests for January – there is no sense from the administration that they will be sent out in early January, as the president suggested in this interview.”
CNN’s Jeff Zeleny says Joe Biden is “not accepting any responsibility for this lack of testing.”— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 23, 2021
“There is no sense from this administration [tests] will be sent out early in January as the president suggested." pic.twitter.com/S9C0MpfjqN
From Business Insider:
President Joe Biden’s administration abandoned plans to roll out mass COVID-19 testing early this year, thinking vaccinations were the best way to end the pandemic, The Washington Post reported.
The Biden administration is currently trying to ramp up testing across the US in light of the highly infectious Omicron variant, which has affected unvaccinated people as well as those who had been vaccinated or received their booster shots.
However, in the early months of the Biden presidency, the administration had made COVID-19 testing a priority as they thought it was the best way to stop the spread of the virus, current and former US officials told The Post.
Officials were particularly keen on widespread PCR testing as there was greater doubt over the accurate of rapid antigen tests at the time, the sources told The Post.