March 31, 2020

Fact Checks of Joe Biden’s Coronavirus Claims

Biden falsely accused President Trump of refusing World Health Organization testing kits for the coronavirus

  • PolitiFact: “The WHO never offered to sell test kits to the United States.”

Biden falsely accused President Trump of eliminating the White House’s Pandemic Response Office

  • The Washington Post: “the [NSC] staff slots did not disappear and at least initially the key mission of team remained a priority. So one can also claim nothing changed and thus Biden’s criticism is overstated.”
     
  • FactCheck.org: “some team members were shifted to other groups, and others took over some of Ziemer’s duties”
     
  • FactCheck.org: “that doesn’t mean the entire ‘team’ was ‘fired’ … or that all of the functions of the office were eliminated.”
     
  • National Security Council official Tim Morrison called Biden's claim “specious.”

Biden falsely accused President Trump of muzzling scientists

Biden’s campaign falsely accused President Trump of silencing a top CDC official

Biden falsely accused President Trump of cutting funding for the CDC and the NIH

  • Associated Press: Biden is “wrong to say the agencies have seen their money cut”
     
  • FactCheck.org: “It’s misleading at best to claim Trump ‘slashed funding’”

Biden falsely accused President Trump of calling the coronavirus a “hoax”

Biden falsely accused President Trump of telling governors to fend for themselves

  • Washington Examiner: New York Times editorial board member falsely claims Trump told governors ‘they are on their own'
     
  • President Trump’s full quote was: “We are backing you in terms of equipment and getting what you need. Also though, respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment—try getting it yourselves. We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”
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