In Latest Briefing, Trump Blames Everyone Else For His Own Failures

Trump spent the entirety of tonight’s briefing trying to blame others for his own failures.

Trump tried to pass blame onto the World Health Organization, but it was Trump who ignored warnings for months while he praised China’s “transparency,” and his China travel ban was too little too late.

CNN’s Daniel Dale: “Trump accuses the WHO of ‘severely mismanaging and covering up’ the coronavirus crisis. He says the US ‘has a duty to insist on full accountability.’ He criticizes the WHO for opposing travel restrictions. He touts his own restrictions on China.”

TRUMP in January: “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well.”

TRUMP in February: “Well, I think China is very, you know, professionally run, in the sense that they have everything under control.”

TRUMP in April: “As to whether or not their numbers are accurate, I’m not an accountant from China.”

As he moves toward reopening the country, Trump tried to pass blame onto governors for issues with ramping up testing despite his administration’s delay in producing adequate testing and failure to distribute testing supplies.

Los Angeles Times’s Chris Megerian: “Now we’re moving on from blaming the World Health Organization to blaming governors. The president is accepting none of the blame and taking all of the credit.”

CNN’s Daniel Dale: “Trump: ‘The governors are supposed to do testing. It’s up to the governors.’ ‘It’s now not up – and it hasn’t been up – to the federal government.’”

New York Times’s Maggie Haberman: “The president, who rolled out a partnership for testing in parking lots at major retailers in mid-March, now says fed govt ‘can’t be thinking about’ testing in a Wal-Mart parking lot, but states should. The testing never lived up to the promises the president rolled out.”

CNN’s Jim Acosta: “Yesterday Trump said he had ‘total authority’ over the states’  reopening plans. Today he says they are in charge of their own testing: ‘We have always wanted the states to do the testing.’”

Trump tried to pass blame onto previous administrations and the states for his own failure to prepare after he downplayed the crisis for months.

VOA’s Steve Herman: “‘Scariest day of my life’ was about a month ago when his team told him US was short ‘hundreds of thousands of ventilators. This was the system we inherited,’ says @POTUS. ‘The states were no[t] prepared.’”

CNN’s Manu Raju: “Trump, who has been president for more than three years and had been warned about potential of a pandemic, again blaming Obama, now over ventilator shortages. ‘This is the system we inherited.’”