During an interview with Kyle Midura of Gray D.C. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the US needs "more testing, not less" to successfully tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
McConnell's comments come after President Donald Trump called for widespread testing of a "double-edged sword" during a speech at a Tulsa rally last weekend.
"Here's the bad part," Trump said at the time. "If you test to this extent, you will find more people, you will find more cases. So I said to my people," Please slow down the tests! "
Although the White House claimed the president was kidding, Trump denied the claim. "I'm not kidding," he said this week.
Â € œAides said he was kidding. Then on Tuesday he said he was not a child and helpers said it was sarcasm, ”Midura said to McConnell. “Big picture, does the federal government have to scale, remain stable, decrease? What do you think on that front, sir? "
"We all have to scale," said McConnell. “We need more tests. Kentucky has already received $ 100 million from the federal government in a bill written in my office. We need to do more tests, not less, and that's the key to getting us through this time. If we find out that people are positive, they must be quarantined so that they do not infect others. "
McConnell expressed hope that a coronavirus vaccine might be available early next year, or possibly earlier.
"Ultimately, we're getting there, and we have a vaccine, and vaccine development is being driven at warp speeds by a number of different pharmaceutical companies," he said. "We hope to get a vaccine later this year or early next year. That's the key to putting this whole pandemic in the rearview mirror so we can get past it."