Trump criticizes Birx for Pelosi, COVID-19 remarks: ‘Pathetic’

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President TrumpDonald John Trump Oklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft to continue negotiations to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial candidate for Trump has been placed in a senior role after the cancellation of the PLUS nomination hearing On Monday, Deborah Birx, the doctor who coordinates the White House’s coronavirus response, publicly criticized, suggesting she was harming him after bluntly acknowledging that the pandemic was widespread in the United States.Trump targeted Birx for a weekend in response to criticism from the president Nancy PelosiLawmaker Nancy PelosiGOP: Democratic Party ‘was once more moderate’ White House not optimistic on short-term stimulus deal shows Sunday – Stimulus debate dominates MORE (D-Calif.), Which questioned Birx’s credibility in his response to the pandemic. He seemed to qualify Birx’s response to Pelosi’s criticism as “pathetic.”

“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! ”

The tweet marks the latest instance of Trump undermining one of his administration’s top health officials amid a pandemic, but it is the first time he has publicly criticized Birx.

The tweet was even more shocking given that White House officials had just spent the weekend praising Birx and defending her in the wake of Pelosi’s sniping.

Politico reported last week that Pelosi criticized Birx in a closed-door meeting on stimulus talks 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. Asked about this criticism on Sunday during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Pelosi made it clear that she lacked confidence in Birx.

“I think the president is spending – spreading misinformation about the virus and she’s hers – she’s her appointment,” Pelosi said. “So I don’t have confidence there, no. ”

Birx, a retired army colonel, has been appointed by President Obama to serve as the State Department’s global AIDS coordinator. She was approached by Vice President Pence to serve as coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force at the end of February and has been working at the White House since.

“I have immense respect for the President. And I have immense respect for his long dedication to the American people, ”Birx said Sunday on CNN, when asked about Pelosi’s comments, defending his data-driven approach to the pandemic.

Birx also issued a sober warning of the current threat posed by the coronavirus, saying the United States has entered a “new phase” in its battle against the virus and calling it “extraordinarily widespread”.

“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.

“For anyone who lives in a rural area, you are not immune or protected against this virus,” Birx continued. “And that’s why we keep saying, no matter where you live in America, you have to wear a mask and get away socially, do the personal hygiene items.”

Trump has always praised Birx, and his aides have come to her defense in recent weeks as she underwent media scrutiny over her role in the White House pandemic response efforts, as well as Pelosi’s reviews.

“It is deeply irresponsible of President Pelosi to repeatedly attempt to undermine and create public distrust of Dr. Birx, the senior public health professional on the Coronavirus Task Force. It is also quite simply wrong. Period. Hard stop, “White House communications director Alyssa Farah tweeted on Sunday.

The president has been relentlessly criticized for his response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 150,000 people in the United States and infected at least 4.6 million Americans.

Trump has repeatedly asserted that the United States would not have so many cases if it did not run so many tests, which his own administration officials have admitted to be incorrect. At the same time, he urged governors to ease restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus faster in order to revive the economy.

Trump’s criticism of Birx comes as he has also publicly expressed disagreements with other health officials, including 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, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist. Over the weekend, Trump tweeted a video of part of Fauci’s testimony explaining why the United States recorded more cases than European cases and called it “bogus.”



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