Dr. Birx: Trump Disinfectant Claims Should No Longer Be in News Cycle
Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx are both members of the White House Coronavirus Response Team. Fauci has earned regular praise for his candor and willingness to push back against Donald Trump.
Birx has often taken a different tact, slow to criticize the White House at any turn. This behavior was on display during a recent interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. When questioned about the President’s recent disinfectant claims, Birx said that she would prefer if the subject would leave the news cycle.
The Doctor was present at the news conference when Trump suggested testing the efficacy of bleach on COVID-19 patients. A video of her reaction during the President’s statements went viral online.
Dr. Birx told the host, “We have made it clear, and when he turned to me, I made it clear and he understood that it was not as a treatment. And I think that kind of dialogue will happen. I think what got lost in there, which is very unfortunate in what happened next, is that study was critically important for the American people.”
Tapper countered by saying, “I understand that you’re taking a generous approach to this when it comes to President Trump musing aloud, but this is potentially dangerous. Poison control centers got calls from people and they had to issue statements saying do not internally use disinfectants.”
An irritated Birx responded, “Well, I think it bothers me that this is still in the news cycle. Because I think we’re missing the bigger pieces of what we need to be doing as an American people, to continue to protect one another, and we should be having that dialogue.”
Watch a clip of the interview below, courtesy of CNN:
TAPPER: Poison control centers got calls from people and they had to issue statements saying do not internally use disinfectants. As a doctor, doesn't that bother you, that you have to even spend any time discussing this?
BIRX: It bothers me that this is still in the news cycle. pic.twitter.com/wXHChEG0Ob
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) April 26, 2020