President Donald Trump has occasionally expressed disagreement, if not impatience, with expert advisers working with his administration to handle the coronavirus crisis.
In comments this week, he appeared to shift away from the prevailing opinion and even his own previous position, declaring that COVID-19 testing might be “overrated,” The Hill reported.
“Maybe it’s overrated”
After initial issues affecting the reliability of tests developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the process shifted to the private sector. In the weeks since, testing has continued to increase and is currently being administered at a pace of about 300,000 per day.
Despite those obvious improvements, many experts say the current level is still inadequate.
For his part, Trump continues to brag that America has “the best testing in the world,” though he is not convinced the results are worthwhile.
“Could be that testing’s, frankly, overrated,” he said Thursday, according to The Hill. “Maybe it is overrated.”
The president went on to note that increased testing leads to a higher number of confirmed coronavirus infections.
“We have more cases than anybody in the world,” he explained, according to The Hill. “But why? Because we do more testing. When you test, you have a case.”
“It’s not an acceptable answer”
In addition to his skepticism regarding coronavirus tests, Trump has also recently expressed disagreement with Dr. Anthony Fauci’s cautious forecast about the upcoming school year.
“I was surprised by his answer, actually,” Trump said of congressional testimony by the prominent member of his coronavirus task force, according to CNBC. “To me it’s not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools.”
Fauci warned against expecting effective treatments or a vaccine before the fall semester begins, saying such a timeline “would be a bit of a bridge too far.”
While Trump is sure to face criticism over his dismissal of advice coming from the nation’s medical community, many of his fans appreciate that he continues to focus on reopening an economy that has suffered serious damage in recent months. Though there is no way to predict how this crisis will play out, it seems clear the president is going to keep letting Americans know where he stands along the way.