Asked during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” whether Trump has confidence in the CDC to lead during the pandemic, Navarro told host Chuck Todd that’s a question for the president ― not him.
“But early on in this crisis, the CDC, which really had the most trusted brand around the world in this space, really let the country down with the testing,” Navarro said. “Because not only did they keep the testing within the bureaucracy, they had a bad test. And that did set us back.”
Navarro then pivoted to discussing the need to reopen the U.S. economy, noting that high levels of unemployment can lead to “more suicides, depression and drug abuse.”
“Women haven’t been getting mammograms or cervical examinations for cancer,” Navarro added. “We haven’t been able to do other procedures for the heart or the kidneys. And that’s going to kill people as well.”