As the nation struggles to respond to the global pandemic of COVID-19, there has been serious criticism of President Donald Trump’s response and preparedness for such an outbreak.
However, a recent report reveals new light on the situation.
One of the most substantial criticisms launched against President Trump alleges that he slashed funding to the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) therefore weakening its ability to respond to the current challenges. Presidential candidate Joe Biden along with many others have falsely claimed it was Trump who made such cuts.
But the culprit lies much closer to Biden than to Trump.
“The Obama administration repeatedly sought to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” reports Fox News, “seemingly undercutting former Vice President Joe Biden’s repeated attacks on the Trump White House for its pandemic preparedness.”
While Biden was vice president, the Obama administration sought a total funding level of $5.9 billion from the CDC, or a $569 million cut from the 2012 budget of $6.46 billion. In fiscal year 2015, the Obama administration wanted a $414 million cut year-over-year, and again in the fiscal year 2017 budget, the Obama administration looked to eliminate $251 million in CDC funding.
In 2012, The Wall Street Journal noted that “President Obama’s 2012 budget calls for paring some of [CDC] spending. Funding for a public health emergency preparedness program run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was cut by about $72 million below fiscal 2010 levels in the budget proposal.”
So while Biden continues to claim it is Trump who cut spending, the actual administration guilty of the charge is Obama’s.
To read the full report of about the history of CDC funding, click here.