President Trump on Tuesday ripped into a Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General over a report that found hospitals faced a shortage of protective equipment and testing to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
A day after blasting the report as “wrong” and attacking its author, Trump likened it in a tweet to “Another Fake Dossier,” a reference to a compilation of allegations about his connections to Russia.
“Why didn’t the I.G., who spent 8 years with the Obama Administration (Did she Report on the failed H1N1 Swine Flu debacle where 17,000 people died?), want to talk to the Admirals, Generals, V.P. & others in charge, before doing her report. Another Fake Dossier!” Trump tweeted.
The president has also been fiercely defensive of the White House’s performance thus far, describing it as “incredible” and “fantastic” at various points in recent days. Asked about the inspector general’s report on Monday, Trump targeted its author.
“Where did he come from, the inspector general?” Trump said, adding, “What’s his name?” He expressed exasperation upon learning the individual was promoted during the Obama administration.
The office is currently led by Christi Grimm, the principal deputy inspector general. She joined the inspector general’s office in 1999, according to her online biography.
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