In a statement this week, Bill Gates lamented the substandard U.S. response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The Microsoft founder blamed “a variety of early missteps by the U.S. and then the political atmosphere” for an inadequate testing program.
“It’s nonsense that any sort of travel ban we did was at all beneficial,” he said, dismissing Donald Trump’s frequent brag that his decision to reduce travel from China was successful.
In his interview on Sunday with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Gates said the argument “doesn’t pass the common sense test” before further denouncing the Trump administration’s approach.
He said America has “executed our lockdowns nationwide with less fidelity than other countries” while citizens are given access to rapid testing based on their financial status instead of actual need.
Gates described the situation as a “testing insanity” that has not impacted other advanced nations.
“It’s mind-blowing that you can’t get the government to improve the testing because they just want to say how great it is,” he said.