Republican Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah) on Tuesday pushed back on a Trump official’s claim that the U.S. is leading the world in COVID-19 testing, beating countries like South Korea, which is regarded by some experts as the testing gold standard.
“I find our testing record nothing to celebrate whatsoever,” Romney said, referring to remarks made Monday by President Trump and Admiral Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services.
“I understand that politicians are going to frame data in a way that’s most positive politically. Of course I don’t expect that from admirals,” Romney said to Giroir during a Senate Health Committee hearing on the coronavirus pandemic.
Romney noted that South Korea achieved widespread testing of its population in the early days of the outbreak while the U.S. “treaded water” on testing.
The Trump admin stated that no matter how you look at it the US is still leading the world in testing.