McConnell had falsely accused Obama of not giving the Trump administration a plan for dealing with a pandemic.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walked back his recent criticism of former President Barack Obama, whom he falsely accused of not leaving a playbook for handling a pandemic for the Trump administration.
"I was wrong," McConnell told Fox News' Bret Baier Thursday night. "They did leave behind a plan. So, I clearly made a mistake in that regard."
McConnell's rare admission of fault came after he went on a Trump campaign live stream Monday night with Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump and blamed Obama for the Trump administration's failed response.
"Clearly the Obama administration did not leave to this administration any kind of game plan for something like this," McConnell said Monday
"We literally left them a 69-page Pandemic Playbook.... that they ignored. And an office called the Pandemic Preparedness Office... that they abolished. And a global monitoring system called PREDICT .. that they cut by 75%," Ronald Klain, who served as Obama's Ebola czar, tweeted Monday after McConnell's comments.
Dr. Rick Bright — the former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority who has become a whistleblower about the Trump administration's response — also testified on Thursday that the Trump administration had no "coordinated plan" nor a "comprehensive strategy" to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bright testified that his pleas to stockpile personal protective equipment — which was advised in the Obama guidance — were ignored and that the administration's initial lack of a response has left health care workers with masks that don't work.
McConnell, however, declined to criticize Trump for not following the Obama administration's guidance.
"As to whether or not the plan was followed and who is the critic and all the rest, I don’t have any observation about that because I don’t know enough about the details of that, Bret, to comment on it in any detail," McConnell said.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.