President Donald Trump took to Twitter to defend his position it is up to the states to provide testing.
He tweeted Monday the "Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats" are screaming "Testing, Testing, Testing" the same way they demanded "Ventilators, Ventilators, Ventilators" last month.
"They screamed it loud & clear, & thought they had us cold, even thought it was the state's task," the president said. "But everyone got their V's, with many to spare."
He said the Democrats are playing a "very dangerous political game." He said the federal government will work with governors, but states should be doing the testing.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed with the president during his Monday press briefing.
"The president is right," he said. "Testing is up to the states."
Cuomo said the states should take the lead on testing, but he said states might need help from the federal government on supply chain issues that could arise.
Vice President Mike Pence sought to soften the administration's message with governors amid growing clamor from the states for a national testing strategy to help secure in-demand supplies like testing swabs and chemical reagents. Trump said Sunday he could use the Defense Production Act to compel one company to manufacture swabs.
"When it comes to testing, we're here to help," Pence told governors during a videoconference from the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, reports The Associated Press, which obtained audio of the call.
Pence said the administration sent an email to officials in each state Monday detailing current testing capacity by state. But Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said much of the unused lab machinery listed for his state by the administration was in federal labs that the state does not have access to. Pence agreed to open up federal labs to help states.
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