Pence says Trump remark on slowing testing was “passing observation”
President Trump’s comments at a weekend campaign rally in Oklahoma about slowing down testing for coronavirus were just “a passing observation,” Vice President Mike Pence told the nation’s governors on Monday.
The president has been widely criticized for seeming to dismiss the importance of testing for COVID-19, especially at rates of infections continue to climb nationwide. Late Saturday after the president’s rally, a White House official told CBS News that the president’s comments were “in jest.”
On Monday, Pence clarified the president’s comments about testing under questioning by Nevada Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak, who sought assurance that state and federal leaders would stay on the same page about the importance of testing for COVID-19. Sisolak called the president’s comments “not helpful” – but neither he nor Pence referred to them as a joke, according to audio of the call obtained by CBS News.
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[Source: CBS News]