Politics

In National Address, Biden Claims Trump Met COVID Pandemic With ‘Silence’

On Thursday, in President Joe Biden’s first national address since Inauguration Day, he falsely claimed that former President Trump met the COVID pandemic with “silence” and that it “spread unchecked.”

Yet, some actions that Trump took at the onset of the pandemic were efforts Biden later agreed with and presumably would have done himself.

RELATED: Mexico Worried ‘Migrant President’ Biden’s Border Policies Are Aiding Organized Crime

Biden Downplays All Trump Efforts

“A year ago, we were hit with a virus, that was met with silence,” Biden said. “It spread unchecked.”

Biden continued,  “That led to more deaths, more infections, more stress, and more loneliness.”

“Met with silence.” “Spread unchecked.” “Denials for days, weeks, then months.”

Are these things true?

The Project On Government Oversight has an extremely detailed timeline of events

As early as January 6th, the US offered to send a CDC team to China. 

The very next day, the CDC created “a Center-led Incident Management Structure” to address the new outbreak and “to optimize domestic and international coordination if additional public health actions are required.”

On January 14, Trump’s HHS assistant secretary began contingency plans for the Defense Production Act.

On January 20, in-bound health screening began at some US international airports.

By March 11, 2020, President Trump had taken a number of important actions to address COVID-19. Actions that Biden would later agree with.

There are many, many detailed entries like this at POGO, making Biden’s claim that the pandemic was “met with silence” demonstrably false.

Trump was wrong about how long the pandemic might last, originally believing it could be over rather soon, and did downplay some to avoid public panic, which he later admitted.

Media Claims Biden Agreed With Trump’s China Travel Ban

Some of Trump’s actions Biden even agreed with.

For example, Trump imposed a China travel ban to help make sure the virus wouldn’t spread further. 

The media claims Biden agreed with this policy. FactCheck.org notes:

“Joe Biden supports travel bans that are guided by medical experts, advocated by public health officials, and backed by a full strategy,” Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, told CNN. “Science supported this ban, therefore he did too.”

Democrats did little to work with the president on this front. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even called it the “Trump virus.”

When Trump’s Operation Warp Speed was first launched, Biden, Democrats, and many experts were skeptical. Biden later praised it.

NIH Director Francis Collins Applauded ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Last Month

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins told “Axios on HBO” last month that the fact that it “got done in 11 months from when we first knew about this virus is at least five years faster than it’s ever been done before,” Collins said.

RELATED: Pelosi Claims Americans ‘Overwhelmingly’ Support Democrats’ Gun Control Bill In The House

“The Operation Warp Speed, for which I give a great deal of credit to [former HHS Secretary Alex Azar], was a effort that many of us were not initially convinced was going to be necessary,” Collins said. And it was thought about as a Manhattan Project.”

During the last presidential debate, Biden said that there was “no prospect that there’s going to be a vaccine available for the majority of the American people before the middle of next year.”

 

Now is the time to support and share the sources you trust.
The Political Insider ranks #16 on Feedspot’s “Top 70 Conservative Political Blogs, Websites & Influencers in 2021.”

 

John Hanson

is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in conservative media and Republican politics. He has been a special guest on Fox News, Sirius XM, appeared as the guest of various popular personalities, and has had a lifelong interest in right-leaning politics.

Recent Posts

MSNBC Guests Want GOP Labeled ‘Domestic Terror Party,’ Jail Time For Having The Wrong Opinions

We all know that Democrats and the left love to operate on the premise of…

16 hours ago

Future’s So Bright: Tucker Carlson Dominates Young Viewer Demographic Ratings, Despite Best Efforts by Democrats to Stop Him

Fox News host Tucker Carlson continues to dominate in the ratings, but perhaps surprisingly, the…

17 hours ago

Republican Voters Deliver Mixed Bag On Trump-Endorsed Candidates

Pennsylvania's closely-watched Senate race is proving to be a nail biter right up to the…

18 hours ago

Teleworking Democrat Members of Congress Cost Taxpayers $70 Million Since Start of Pandemic

By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy While President Joe Biden urged "Americans to get back to…

20 hours ago

Victory: Biden Reportedly Putting New Ministry Of Truth On Hold After Backlash

By Dr. Derek Ellerman It is exceedingly rare in modern times (the short-lived Trump era…

20 hours ago

It’s Conservative David vs. The Woke Corporate Green Giant

By Ben Weingarten for RealClearInvestigations Eight years ago, a holder of a modest amount of…

21 hours ago