Fauci had explained that the differences between the spike in infections in the United States and a sharp decrease seen across Europe could be explained by different reactions to the virus. Fauci said most European countries shut down their economies by 95%, while the United States only shut their economies by half.
Trump replied, “We have more cases because we have tested a lot more than any other country, 60,000,000. If we tested less, there would be fewer cases. How did Italy, France and Spain do? Today, Europe unfortunately has outbreaks. Most of our governors have worked hard and smart. We will be back STRONG! ”
But Fauci’s point accurately describes the situation in the United States. While some states followed the Centers for Disease Control guidelines when they began to reopen, many did not, leading to increased infections in many southern and western states, a explained Fauci.
“Some states did it very well, some didn’t,” he said, adding that many are doing better now through improved testing.
As Trump faces the presidential election in November, he has sunk in the polls against his Democratic rival, Joe Biden. Much of this loss of support can probably be attributed to Trump’s lackluster response to the pandemic, which has now claimed more than 150,000 American lives and has seen the United States contract more than 4.5 million cases – by far the highest numbers in the world.The row between Trump and his own health official sparked a scathing condemnation on Twitter.
“Let us be very clear: this is not normal and we should not treat it as normal for a president to publicly attack his own government adviser on infectious diseases,” commentator and broadcaster Mehdi Hasan said.
While the numbers have risen further in the United States in recent weeks, the crisis appears to be worsening and the Trump administration still appears to be struggling to find a coherent response.
Trump’s latest criticism of Fauci comes as plans to reopen schools and universities are destabilized by the virtually uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 in parts of the United States ahead of the academic year.
Doubts about the ability of the U.S. school system to cope with the pandemic rose last week after a high school student in Greenfield Central, Indiana – one of the first states to reopen – tested positive on the first day of class. Anyone who came within 6 feet of the student for more than 15 minutes had to self-isolate for two weeks.
“We knew it was a moment, not if,” Superintendent Harold Olin told The New York Times, but they were “very shocked that it was day one.”
Of the 25 largest school districts in the United States, all but six have announced they will start remotely. Some states, including coronavirus hotspots in Florida and Texas, are planning in-person classes despite strong reluctance or objections from teachers’ unions, which have threatened to support strikes if their members feel their health is being compromised. danger.
In California, schools in two-thirds of the state have not been allowed to reopen in person.
Amidst chaos and vastly different responses, Trump continued to push for a return to class in person despite the fact that the school attended by his youngest son, Barron, received a restraining order until October 1 at least.
Barron Trump attends St Andrew’s Episcopal, a private school in Potomac, Maryland, which falls under the jurisdiction of Montgomery County. “At this point, the data does not suggest that in-person teaching is safe for students or teachers,” area health official Travis Gayles said in a statement last week.
The virus is even making its way through the halls of Congress.
Raúl Grijalva, a Democratic congressman from Arizona, said on Saturday he tested positive for Covid-19 after attending a hearing in Washington DC with Texas Republican Louie Gohmert, who also tested positive and had been a vocal critic of wearing masks – just like Trump.
The development prompted Grijalva to launch an attack on his colleagues across the aisle.
“While I can’t blame anyone directly for this, this week has shown that some members of Congress are not taking this crisis seriously. Many Republican members regularly strut around the Capitol without masks to make a selfish political statement at the expense of their colleagues, staff and families, ”he said.