“There has to be some accountability. So if the president says these things, who advises him that it’s OK and allows it to happen when millions of people are dead? Pelosi said.
Pelosi’s comments come as Birx also came under fire earlier Monday from Trump, who attacked her for admitting that the coronavirus pandemic is “extraordinarily widespread” in the United States.
Trump suggested Birx was trying to “counter” Pelosi’s previous criticisms.
“So crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr Deborah Birx, suing her because she was too positive about the really good job we’re doing in the fight against the Chinese virus, including vaccines and therapies, ”Trump tweeted. “In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait and hit us. Pathetic! ”
Trump has repeatedly undermined senior health officials, including the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony FauciAnthony FauciTrump: “Fake News” Does Not Report “Large Chinese Virus Outbreaks Around the World” Trump challenges Fauci for his comments on coronavirus outbreaks: “False! Experts fear political pressure on COVID-19 vaccine READ MORE, but until Monday, he had refrained from publicly criticizing Birx.
Trump’s tweet also came after White House officials defended Birx in recent days in response to Pelosi’s initial criticism.
Politico reported last week that Pelosi criticized Birx in a meeting with the White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsMeadows: Elections to be held on November 3 White House not optimistic about short-term stimulus deal on Sunday broadcasts – Stimulus debate dominates MORE and Secretary of the Treasury Steven MnuchinSteven Terner Mnuchin White House not bullish on short-term stimulus deal shows Sunday – Stimulus debate dominates On the trail: first signs of a post-Trump GOP MORE on a coronavirus aid package.
Pelosi reiterated during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday that she lacked confidence in Birx, saying, “I think the president is spreading – is spreading misinformation about the virus and she’s his – she is. his appointment. ”
Pelosi said on Monday that Birx came to the meeting with Mnuchin and Meadows during a contact tracing discussion.
“What happened was we had a conversation about how we stop the virus. And when we did, they were arguing that tracing wasn’t a valuable thing, we shouldn’t be doing it. I said, that’s not what scientists say the most. And they said, well, we’re going to bring in a scientist to say that. I said of course [if] it’s not Dr. Birx, ”Pelosi said in the CNN interview.
When asked in a Sunday interview on CNN to respond to Pelosi’s criticisms, Birx said she had “immense respect for the President. And I have immense respect for his long dedication to the American people ”.
Birx also said the United States has entered a “new phase” of the pandemic with the virus spreading in rural and urban areas.
“What we see today is different from March and April. It’s extraordinarily widespread… it’s more widespread and it’s both rural and urban, ”Birx told CNN.
Birx was present at the White House briefing in April when Trump pitched the idea of injecting people with disinfectants and exposing bodies to UV light to help treat the coronavirus.
In a Fox News interview a few days later, Birx suggested that Trump was “digesting” the disinfectant information he received shortly before the press conference.
“When he gets new information, he likes to talk about it out loud and really have that dialogue – and so that’s the dialogue he had. I think he just saw the information at the time just before the press conference and is still digesting that information, ”Birx said at the time.