Tuesday, May 26, 2020
President Donald Trump has repeatedly blamed former President Barack Obama for his own administration's mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
"The last administration left us nothing," Trump said last month. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch found that Trump's own budget documents show the opposite - exposing what it called "a lie of colossal Trumpian proportions."
The newspaper's editorial board said the Trump administration told Congress that the Obama administration left it with everything needed for a pandemic - and sought big budget cuts from the programs as a result.
Trump's 2020 budget asked Congress to cut the pandemic preparedness budget by $102.9 million, part of $595.5 million in requested cuts to public health preparedness and response outlay.
"Obama left office with an unblemished record of building up the nation's pandemic preparedness," the newspaper said. "Trump systematically sought to dismantle it."
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