President Donald Trump is disputing published reports saying there are not enough coronavirus tests available to ensure the safety of all members of Congress.
Both Politico and the New York Times posted stories over the past few days saying congressional physician, Dr. Brian Monahan, has warned there is not sufficient testing capacity for all 100 senators, when they return to session Monday.
In a Friday article, the New York Times said that while President Trump and his close aides are “tested repeatedly” for COVID-19, some members of Congress will be out of luck when they come back to Washington. Meanwhile, Politico published a similar report Thursday, saying “coronavirus tests will be available for staffers and senators who are ill, but not enough to proactively test all 100 senators.”
President Trump had major problems with the articles. On Saturday morning, he took to Twitter to insist there’s a “tremendous” amount of coronavirus tests available for senators.
“There is tremendous CoronaVirus testing capacity in Washington for the Senators returning to Capital Hill on Monday. Likewise the House, which should return but isn’t because of Crazy Nancy P. The 5 minute Abbott Test will be used. Please inform Dr. Brian P. Monahan. @MarkMeadows,” Trump tweeted and tagged his new chief of staff, former Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.).
Here’s the president’s tweetstorm for Saturday:
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