Trump attacks Dr Birx in tweet
President Donald Trump has attacked the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, Dr Deborah Birx, in a tweet.
“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!”, the President wrote.
Asked later in a press briefing what he meant by the tweet, Trump would only say: “Well, I think that we’re doing very well and we have done as well as any nation. 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.”
While Trump claims the US is doing well, the facts on the ground, with nearly five million confirmed cases and over 155,000 deaths, indicate otherwise.
Dr Birx said on Sunday, in an interview with CNN, that the coronavirus was “extraordinarily widespread” now affecting both rural and urban areas and that the situation was different to March and April.
Asked about comments from Federal Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb that there could be 300,000 coronavirus deaths by the end of the year, Dr Birx said: “Anything is possible”.