Daily US Times: US President Donald Trump criticized Dr. Deborah Birx in a Tweet on Monda after she warned the pandemic is “extraordinarily widespread” in the US.
While the President and other top White House officials have publicly attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseases expert, the tweet marked the first time Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, publicly drew Trump’s ire.
The dust-up comes as the United States continues to be ravaged by coronavirus, with more than 4 million cases and more than 150,000 US citizens dead. Mr Trump has consistently lied and downplayed the impact of the virus. He misled mostly in attempts to downplay concerns about the virus as he presses for businesses and schools to reopen.
Trump wrote: “So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics. In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!”
Being asked what he meant in his tweet, Mr Trump sidestepped the question.
“Well, I think that we’re doing very well and we have done as well as any nation,” he told reporters at a press briefing Monday afternoon.
Trump added: “I told Dr. Birx I think we’re doing very well. She was in my office a little while ago. She’s a person I have a lot of respect for. I think Nancy Pelosi’s treated her very badly.”
“And I’m just referring to the fact that I thought that, really, they should say the job we’ve done … I think we’re just doing very well.”
During an appearance on CNN Sunday, Birx sounded the alarms telling the pandemic has reached a new phase.
She said: “What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread. It’s into the rural as equal urban areas.”
She also suggested that some Americans in multi-generational families should start wearing masks inside their homes.
Dr. Deborah Birx did not reject a warning by Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former Federal Drug Administration Commissioner, that there could be 300,000 coronavirus deaths by the end of the year, saying, “Anything is possible.”
When asked why coronavirus task force health experts are contradicting him, the President demurred, saying: “I think we’re doing a great job.”