“I think the president has been spreading misinformation about the virus and she is her appointment, so I don’t trust her there, no,” President Pelosi told ABC “This Week” when asked. asked if she trusted Birx.
Birx, when asked about Pelosi’s comment in an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union,” said she had great respect for Pelosi and attributed the criticism to a New York Times article on the response to the White House pandemic which described Birx as having adopted overly optimistic assessments of the virus.
“It was not a Pollyan vision. I’ve never been called pollyannish, or unscientific, or non-data-driven, ”Birx said. “I will build my 40-year career on these fundamentals of using data to deliver better programs and save lives.”
Pelosi did not give details on Birx, a senior member of the coronavirus task force with Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
According to a report released by Politico, Pelosi attacked Birx’s credibility during a meeting last week with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. She accused Birx of spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, while praising the Fauci as “a hero,” Politico said.
“Deborah Birx is the worst. Wow, what a horrible hand you are, ”Pelosi told them, according to Politico.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Christopher Bing; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)
Video: Supporters clash at the start of the American House coronavirus hearing with Fauci (Reuters)