Democrat President Joe Biden has flip-flopped after facing backlash for revealing he had no federal plan to fight COVID-19.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s press secretary, Christina Pushaw, posted a video of Biden saying he would “shut down the virus.”
She added the caption: “What a difference a year makes.”
“Joe Biden claimed he would shut down the virus,” the GOP posted on its official Twitter account.
“Now a year later when he failed to do so, he says there is no federal solution to COVID.
“Joe Biden is a hypocrite.”
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said: “When Joe Biden says ‘there is no federal solution,’ he’s trying to avoid blame for his incompetence.
“If he really believes this, he should rescind his unconstitutional federal mandates.”
Today Biden said:
“My Administration has the back of every governor fighting COVID-19 in their state.
“Last week, I rolled out a federal plan to tackle Omicron by adding vaccination and booster capacity, hospital equipment, staff, and more. We’re going to get through this by working together.”
Biden, speaking on a call with the nation’s governors, said: “Look, there is no federal solution.
“This gets solved at the state level.
“And then ultimately gets down to where the rubber meets the road, and that’s where the patient is in need of help or preventing the need for help.
“If you need something, say something.
“The bottom line is I want to assure the American people that we’re prepared.
“We know what it takes, and as this group of bipartisan governors shown, we’re gonna get through by working together.”
My Administration has the back of every governor fighting COVID-19 in their state. Last week, I rolled out a federal plan to tackle Omicron by adding vaccination and booster capacity, hospital equipment, staff, and more.
We’re going to get through this by working together.
— President Biden (@POTUS) December 28, 2021
According to a bombshell report from Vanity Fair, Biden’s team did not go forward with a plan to ramp up home testing before the holidays.
From Vanity Fair:
The plan, in effect, was a blueprint for how to avoid what is happening at this very moment—endless lines of desperate Americans clamoring for tests in order to safeguard holiday gatherings, just as COVID-19 is exploding again.
Yesterday, President Biden told David Muir of ABC News, “I wish I had thought about ordering” 500 million at-home tests “two months ago.”
But the proposal shared at the meeting in October, disclosed here for the first time, included a “Bold Plan for Impact” and a provision for “Every American Household to Receive Free Rapid Tests for the Holidays/New Year.”
Three days after the meeting, on October 25, the COVID-19 testing experts—who hailed from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Rockefeller Foundation, the COVID Collaborative, and several other organizations—received a back channel communication from a White House official.
Their big, bold idea for free home tests for all Americans to avoid a holiday surge, they were told, was dead.
That day, the administration instead announced an initiative to move rapid home tests more swiftly through the FDA’s regulatory approval process.
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— Christina Pushaw ???? (@ChristinaPushaw) December 27, 2021