Sen. Mitt Romney offered a stark criticism of the Trump administration's response to the novel coronavirus during an event at Georgetown University, saying it was not a "great moment in American leadership."
The Washington Post reports Romney did not criticize President Donald Trump directly during the event, but he did say the administration's preparations, was not what it should be. "We didn't have the testing as fast as we could have or should have, we did not have the personal protective equipment we would've hoped to have," he said.
“The speed of our response looked slow compared to other people. That first phase will not stand out as a great moment in American leadership,” Romney said, referring to the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, adding, “We didn’t look real strong, and that’s kind of an understatement.”
While Romney said explicitly, “I’m not blaming this administration,” he suggested ways he’d be doing things differently if it were him in the Oval Office, primarily coordinating resources and response through the federal government.
“It’s hard to say to all 50 governors, you guys all do your thing,” Romney said. “I think the federal coordination has been less than my personal style.”
.@SenatorRomney: "The first phase we didn't look real strong and that's kind of an understatement. But, after this is over, I think what we will be have been able to do and our technology base will maintain the reputation we have as being a leader if not the leader of the world." pic.twitter.com/91CO7hIxxc— CSPAN (@cspan) April 29, 2020