“Pathetic!” Donald Trump Reacts To Dr. Birx’s Warnings On Pandemic Response
Monday morning Donald Trump lashed out at Dr. Deborah Birx, who said this weekend that the country is in a “new phase” of the pandemic, that anyone who may have been exposed needs to be tested, and that COVID-19 is now “extraordinarily widespread.” The president blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for speaking out about Birx’s lavishing of praise on Trump, saying Birx then “took the bait” and attacked the Trump administration.
When asked about the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic, Birx’s response to CNN was evasive, suggesting that the administration had taken steps to “reset the response” months ago. However, she also said that schools should consider distance learning where there are 5% positive cases, and that outbreaks are widespread, everywhere, in rural areas as well as cities. (The Trump administration previously thought that the virus might do most of its damage in areas that would primarily affect Democratic voters.)
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 3, 2020
However, Donald Trump’s Monday morning tweet suggests he felt attacked. “Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!”
Nancy Pelosi was asked on ABC‘s This Week about comments she’d allegedly made calling Birx “the worst” and accusing her of spreading disinformation. She responded by saying that she has no confidence in the Trump administration, nor in Birx as Trump’s appointee.
JUST IN: “I think the president has been spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his appointee so, I don’t have confidence there, no,” Speaker Pelosi tells @MarthaRaddatz when asked is she has confidence in Dr. Deborah Birx. https://t.co/HNQgCe39RN pic.twitter.com/ZDZYAjr0cJ
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 2, 2020
As VOX reported at the time, Dr. Deborah Birx praised Donald Trump in March, saying “He’s been so attentive to the scientific literature and the details and the data. I think his ability to analyze and integrate data that comes out of his long history in business has really been a real benefit during these discussions about medical issues.”