Twitter exploded Sunday on the anniversary of a one-year-old Joe Biden tweet warning that if a pandemic struck, the Trump administration would not be ready.
“We are not prepared for a pandemic,” Biden wrote on Oct. 25, 2019.
COVID-19 was nearly three months away from infecting its first victim in the U.S. when the Democratic nominee for president posted his prophetic message. It has since killed more than a quarter-million Americans and there’s still no national plan to stop it.
Biden’s tweet was in regard to a Washington Post story listing nearly 200 nations that didn’t appear to be prepared for a widespread virus.
“Trump has rolled back progress President Obama and I made to strengthen global health security,” he wrote. “We need leadership that builds public trust, focuses on real threats, and mobilizes the world to stop outbreaks before they reach our shores.”
President Barack Obama was among the Twitter users who noted Sunday that the former vice president called it right.
"A year ago today, Joe Biden was talking about the leadership we need to get prepared for a pandemic, and he’s got a plan to get it under control, Obama tweeted.
Biden’s website lists a rundown of proposals including “emergency paid leave for all those affected by the outbreak” as well as an aide for the families and businesses impacted by the scourge.
Obama, who’s busily working the campaign trail on behalf of his V.P, told a crowd in Philadelphia last week that his administration did what it could to prepare his predecessor for the difficult situation the nation is in now.
“We literally left this White House a pandemic playbook,” Obama told supporters. “They probably used it to prop up a wobbly table somewhere.”
Obama and Biden had been out of government for three years when COVID-19 first appeared in the U.S. President Trump has complained the previous administration left him ill-prepared for the deadly pandemic, which has also devastated the economy.
“The cupboard was bare," Trump claimed in April. "You’ve heard the expression, ‘The cupboard was bare?’ So we took over a stockpile with a cupboard that was bare.”
Politifact noted the nation’s supply of masks was reportedly in short supply because of a 2009 epidemic, but calls Trump’s claim “mostly false.” There was also a shortage of ventilators when the pandemic struck.
Trump, trailing in polls, claims the nation is “rounding the corner” as infection numbers continue to rise. He downplayed the pandemic Monday on Twitter, blaming journalists for reporting on the problem.
“The Fake News Media is riding COVID, COVID, COVID, all the way to the Election,” he claimed. “Losers!”
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