- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman has rejected President Donald Trump's offer to help with Johnson's COVID-19 treatment.
- Trump on Monday offered to put Johnson's doctors in touch with unnamed companies working on coronavirus treatments.
- The prime minister's spokesman rejected the offer on Tuesday.
- "We're confident the prime minister is receiving the best possible care from the National Health Service," he said. "Any treatment he receives is a matter for his doctors."
Yet people still vehemently argue that Fox News is "fair and balanced".
Is this a watchdog to watch Pelosi's watchdog who is watching the actual watchdog in charge of funds being allocated?
In March, Trump initially made a debatable claim that he had inherited a flawed testing "system." By the final days of March and the first days of April, however, he was making a demonstrably inaccurate claim about inheriting the actual tests.
- "We inherited a broken test -- the whole thing was broken," Trump said on the Fox News morning show "Fox and Friends" on March 30.
- "And remember this: We inherited -- the word is we inherited bad tests. We really inherited bad tests. These are horrible tests. And it was broken. It was all broken. And we fixed it," Trump said at the White House briefing on April 1.
- "The original test -- the ones we inherited, Jim, as an example, they were -- they were broken. They were obsolete. They were not good tests. And that's what we got stuck with," he said at the April 3 briefing.
Trump's clear suggestion was that the flawed test had been left to him by President Barack Obama's administration.
- "Initially speaking, the tests were old, obsolete, and not really prepared," he said at the April 6 briefing.
Facts First: The faulty initial test for the coronavirus was created during Trump's administration, in early 2020, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since this is a new virus that was first identified this year, the tests couldn't possibly be "old" or "obsolete."
"He is lying. He is lying 100%. He is lying because he is trying to shift blame to others, even if the attempt is totally nonsensical," said Gregg Gonsalves, an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health.
The claim "doesn't make sense because it is false," said Tara Smith, an epidemiology professor at Kent State University. "This a new virus."
Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, called the claim "absurd" given that "this virus did not exist in the prior administration."
Mina added: "The technology used to test for this virus is technology that is routinely used in clinical microbiology laboratories. It is not faulty."
A flawed CDC test -- in 2020
Sticking to past practice, the CDC created its own test for the coronavirus rather than use the test being distributed by the World Health Organization. The CDC began developing its test in January 2020 and announced on February 5 that it would begin shipping test kits to public health labs around the US.