President TrumpDonald John Trump’s Oklahoma City Thunder players kneeling despite threats from GOP state legislator Microsoft move forward with talks to buy TikTok after talks with controversial Trump nominee Trump senior role after canceling nomination hearing on Monday he publicly criticized Deborah Birx, the doctor who coordinated the White House coronavirus response, suggesting she was hurting after she was said to be blank spread across the United States.
Trump targets Birx in a weekend response to criticism from the Speaker Nancy Pelosi |Nancy PelosiGOP lawmaker: Democratic Party ‘formerly moderate’ White House unreliable in near term Sunday deal – Stimulus debate dominates MORE (D-Calif.), Who questioned Birx’s credibility in responding to the pandemic. He appeared to call Birx’s response to Pelosi’s criticism “irritating.”
“So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said the horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, who followed her because she was very positive about the excellent work we are doing in the fight against China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics , “Trump tweeted. “To counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait and hit us. Tragic!”
The tweet marked Trump’s latest example of destroying one of his administration’s top health officials amid a pandemic, but this is the first time he has publicly criticized Birx.
The tweet was even more shocking given by White House officials just ending the weekend praising Birx and defending him from Pelosi’s sniping.
Politico reported last week that Pelosi attacked Birx during a closed-door meeting on stimulus negotiations with White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsMeadows: Elections to be held in November third White House unreliable in the near term Sunday deal – Stimulus debate dominates MORE and Secretary of the Treasury Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinWhite House does not expect the near term to deal with the stimulus Sunday shows – The Stimulus debate dominates On The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP MORE. Asked Sunday about that criticism at a show on “This Week,” Pelosi clarified that he did not trust Birx.
“I think the president is spending – spreading disinformation about the virus and he is his – he is his appointment,” Pelosi said. “So I have no confidence in that, no.”
Birx, a retired Army colonel, was appointed by President Obama to serve as global coordinator of the State Department. He was tapped by Vice President Pence to serve as coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force in late February and has been working outside the White House ever since.
“I have a lot of respect for the Speaker. And I have a lot of respect for his long commitment to the Americans,” Birx told CNN Sunday when asked about Pelosi’s comments, defending his data-driven approach to the pandemic. .
Birx also issued a sharp warning about the current threat posed by the coronavirus, saying the United States has entered a “new stage” in the fight against the virus and called it “extraordinarily widespread.”
“What we see today is different from March and April. It is widespread … it is more widespread and it is the same in rural and urban areas,” Birx told CNN.
“With everyone living somewhere in the countryside, you are not immune or protected from this virus,” Birx continued. “And that’s why we keep saying, wherever you live in America, you have to wear a mask and stay away from society, do personal hygiene pieces.”
Trump continues to talk about Birx, and his aides have come to his defense in recent weeks as he endures media scrutiny of his role in White House pandemic response efforts, as well as criticism from in Pelosi.
“It is entirely irresponsible for Speaker Pelosi to repeatedly try to break and create public trust in Dr Birx, the leading public health professional in the coronavirus task force. It is also wrong. Time. Hard stop,” the director said. of White House communication Alyssa Farah tweeted on Sunday.
The president has been relentlessly criticized for his response to the coronavirus pandemic, which killed more than 150,000 people in the US and infected at least 4.6 million Americans.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that the US will not have many cases if it does not conduct many tests, something its own administration officials have acknowledged is inaccurate. At the same time, he urged the governors to loosen the restrictions which means slowing down the spread of the virus faster to jump-start the economy.
Trump’s criticism of Birx stems from the fact that he also publicly expressed disagreements with other health officials, most notably Anthony FauciAnthony FauciTrump: ‘Fake News’ does not report ‘big China Virus breakout worldwide’ Trump challenges Fauci in comments on coronavirus surges: ‘Wrong!’ Political pressure experts fear the COVID-19 vaccine, the leading infectious disease specialist in the country. Over the weekend, Trump tweeted a video of a portion of Fauci’s testimony explaining why the US recorded more cases than European cases and called it “wrong.”