Trump Calls Democratic Senators “RUDE And NASTY” For Wanting Answers On Coronavirus Testing Availability

Politico reports:

Senate Democrats exploded in frustration during a conference call with Vice President Mike Pence and Trump administration officials on Friday afternoon, with one normally laid-back senator asserting it was the most maddening phone call he’s ever taken part in, according to participants and people familiar with the call.

The call between President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force and Senate Democrats on Friday left the Senate minority “livid,” according to one Democrat on the call, because of the lack of clear answers about national testing for the disease.

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) called it a “dereliction of duty,” said a second person on the call. King added: “I have never been so mad about a phone call in my life.”

Newsweek reports:

Democratic lawmakers were left furious and dissatisfied after a conference call Friday with White House officials over the Trump administration’s inability to test large swaths of the public for the novel coronavirus, characterizing the federal government’s national testing capability as “inadequate.”

The conversation was between Senate Democrats and Vice President Mike Pence, along with additional members of the White House COVID-19 task force.

Some people have been denied tests or been forced to wait several days to learn of their results as a testing backlog persists, despite inaccurate, misleading or false claims made by President Donald Trump on the topic in recent weeks.