WASHINGTON, DC – Republicans were highly critical of a comment made by President Joe Biden on Monday that there is “No federal solution” for COVID-19, instead of stating that the ball must be in the hands of individual US states when it comes to fighting the nearly two-year-old pandemic. The comment angered GOP members, and many insisted that federal mask and vaccination mandates be terminated as a result.
Biden was in talks with governors on Monday when he responded to a comment from Arkansas GOP governor Asa Hutchinson regarding potential federal solutions to the pandemic as the country struggles with the recent rise in COVID-19 cases driven by the new highly contagious Omicron variant .
“A word of concern or encouragement to your team is that when you look at federal solutions that will help address the challenge, make sure we do not let federal solutions stand in the way of state solutions,” Hutchinson said. “The production of 500 million rapid tests, which will be distributed by the federal government, is large, but it obviously dries up the supply chain for the solutions we can offer as governor.”
Arkansas GOP Governor Asa Hutchinson
“Look, there is no federal solution. This will be solved at the state level,” Biden replied. “And then it eventually comes down to where the rubber meets the road, and that’s where the patient needs help or prevents the need for help . “
President Joe Biden
Biden had sworn during the presidential campaign in 2020 to “close the virus,” something that the Republican National Committee (RNC) reminded him of in a tweet, referring to the President as one “hypocrite.”
“Joe Biden claimed he wanted to shut down the virus,” RNC said. “Now a year later, when he failed to do so, he says there is no federal solution to COVID. Joe Biden is a hypocrite.”
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AK) posted on Twitter that Biden should undo his masking and vaccination mandates if he truly believes there is no federal solution to end the pandemic.
“When Joe Biden says ‘there is no federal solution,’ he is trying to avoid being blamed for his incompetence. If he really believes in this, he should lift his unconstitutional federal mandates,” Cotton said in a two-part tweet. “There is no federal solution, but the federal government can help by securing the border, approving safe treatments and tests, and appointing competent executives at the FDA and CDC. Biden opened the border, failed testing and outsourced the CDC’s guidance to teachers’ unions. “
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Press Secretary Christina Pushaw tweeted a video montage of Biden’s campaign promise to “close the virus,” ends with the statement he made on Monday.
“What a difference a year makes,” Pushaw added.