McConnell Says he was Wrong on Obama Pandemic Plan

Headline Roundup May 15th, 2020

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claimed the Obama administration did not leave a pandemic plan behind for the Trump administration. McConnell retracted that statement Thursday, saying he was wrong; "They did leave behind a plan. So, I clearly made a mistake in that regard.” Earlier reporting indicated that the Obama White House ran disease outbreak simulations with the Trump White House during the transition period. However, many of those trained reportedly left the Trump administration before the pandemic had started.

The retraction was covered more prominently by left- and center-rated outlets, some of which also fact-checked McConnell's initial statement. Few right-rated outlets reporting on McConnell's apology as of midday Friday.

McConnell Says he was Wrong on Obama Pandemic Plan

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Thursday he was mistaken in claiming that the Obama administration had failed to leave a pandemic playbook for the Trump White House.

“I was wrong,” McConnell said in an evening interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier. “They did leave behind a plan. So, I clearly made a mistake in that regard.”

McConnell had claimed during a Monday campaign event for President Donald Trump that the current White House had not been briefed by the previous administration on preparing for a pandemic at the...

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From the Center
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walked back his claim that the Obama administration didn't leave President Donald Trump a plan for pandemics, saying he made a mistake.

McConnell said in a Trump campaign livestreamed event this week that the Obama administration didn't leave Trump "any kind of game plan for something like this."

Obama administration officials quickly pushed back on McConnell's claim.

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From the Right
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday said his claim that the Obama administration left no plan for a national pandemic was “wrong” and there was in fact a playbook in place for the Trump administration.

“I was wrong,” McConnell said during a Fox News interview.

“They did leave behind a plan. So I clearly made a mistake in that regard,” the majority leader continued. “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...

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