It's not uncommon for President Donald Trump to point to his predecessors when faced with criticism. The President has blamed former President Barack Obama's administration for everything from national stockpile shortages in the face of the pandemic to a wonky White House air conditioning system.
But a recent attempt by Trump to pass the buck to Obama and 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden fell somewhat flat.
Trump was asked at a White House round table about his oft-repeated claim that the only reason virus cases in the United States continue to soar is because the country is performing more tests. The reporter asked if he'd acknowledge that the increased cases were also due to the virus spreading.
Watch his response below.
"Biden and Obama stopped their testing. They just stopped it. You probably know that, I'm sure you don't wanna report it, but they stopped testing. Right in the middle they just went, 'no more testing.'"
At first, people thought the President was claiming that the Obama administration stopped testing while grappling with COVID-19, which hadn't existed at the time.
CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale elaborated on what Trump was likely alluding to.
This Trump comment from yesterday is being misinterpreted. (As usual, he was vague.) Trump was making a claim about… https://t.co/5EReoxULuY— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1594736285.0
People were still flummoxed at Trump's eagerness to divert attention to his predecessors even in a time of urgency.
President Obama didn’t ignore the COVID-19 crisis until it was too late to stop it or fail every step of the way to… https://t.co/T6lQJfk5p4— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1594692558.0
Trump says that Obama and Biden stopped their testing. What is he talking about? https://t.co/eZgyFPmz71— David Pakman (@David Pakman)1594682104.0
@SteveGuest Yesterday, Trump blamed Obama and Biden for stopping testing. Can you explain what he meant?— Steve Miller (@Steve Miller)1594741469.0
Many are tired of trying to decipher Trump's diatribes.
The President has tweeted or retweeted about President Obama over three thousand times.