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Thompson Statement on GAO Report Detailing the Trump Administration’s Failed COVID Response

January 28, 2021

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Government Accountability Office’s report on the Federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

“This report confirms what we already knew: the Trump Administration failed to take any meaningful action to improve the Federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic during its final months. Its inaction to address critical weaknesses that GAO previously identified, including developing clear and comprehensive plans for testing and vaccine distribution, likely cost lives and created an even bigger mess for the new Administration. I’m encouraged that President Biden has already released a national strategy to improve the Federal response effort – and is using the full force of the Federal government to enact it. It’s tragic it has taken a year and over 400,000 American lives lost for the Federal government to take substantive action to take this pandemic seriously.”

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