The Obama administration never replenished stocks of N95 respirator masks after the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, leading to the current shortage.
Obama is to Blame for the Shortage!
President Trump has come under fire by Democrats and leftists for supposedly not preparing the country for the coronavirus outbreak.
“Our hospitals are out of gloves, masks, gowns, respirators, protective shoe coverings and basic supplies,” Representative Maxine Waters tweeted on Sunday. “What the hell more is Trump waiting for? Hey stupid, this is the worst case scenario.”
Our hospitals are out of gloves, masks, gowns, respirators, protective shoe coverings, and basic supplies! What the hell more is Trump waiting for? Hey stupid, this is the worst case scenario!
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) March 22, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden put the blame squarely on the President for supposedly “eliminating” the White House National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense that the Obama administration set up “to prepare for future pandemics like COVID-19,” despite the office simply being reorganized, with no effect to the biodefense staff.
The Obama-Biden Administration set up the White House National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense to prepare for future pandemics like COVID-19.
Donald Trump eliminated it — and now we're paying the price.
— Joe Biden (Text Join to 30330) (@JoeBiden) March 19, 2020
In response, the President has pointed out that he “inherited” an underprepared system, and it looks like he’s right. The Washington Examiner highlighted reports from the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg News, which attempted to criticise the President, but buried an important piece of information about the mask shortages. It turns out that the Obama administration is at fault for the current lack of N95 masks, not President Trump.
The Mainstream Media Want to Hide the Truth from You
After 100 million masks were used in the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, the Obama administration was strongly recommended to replete the masks, but the advice was not heeded. Charles Johnson, president of the International Safety Equipment Association, said that “our association is unaware of any major effort to restore the stockpile to cover that drawdown.” The outbreak “caused a 2- to 3-year backlog orders for the N95 variety,” Bloomberg News noted, adding that “the stockpile distributed about three-quarters of its inventory and didn’t build back the supply.”
In neither story did these supposed journalists link the Obama administration to the shortage of masks at all, but repeatedly bashed the President for his current handling of the coronavirus pandemic. You can expect nothing less from the mainstream media – they want to keep you ignorant of the truth.