For the first few months of Donald Trump’s COVID-19 press conferences, he was flanked by Doctor’s Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx. Fauci has become somewhat of a cult celebrity and even threw out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game.
Birx has not been as willing as Fauci to fight back against the Trump administration. On Sunday, she made the rounds on cable news to explain her stance. Nancy Pelosi appeared on ABC News after Birx today and said she has no faith in the medical professional.
Host Martha Raddatz asked the Speaker of the House, “Politico reported that in a closed door meeting on Friday, you accused Dr. Deborah Birx of the coronavirus task force of spreading disinformation about the pandemic. Is that true? Do you have confidence in her?”
Pelosi responded, “I think the President is spreading disinformation about the virus. And she is his appointee. So I don’t have confidence there, no.”
Birx has been accused of skewing Trump’s messaging on the virus by providing the President with overly rosy projections. She defended herself on Sunday, saying, “This was not a pollyannish view. I’ve never been called pollyannish, or non-scientific, or non-data driven. I will stake my 40-year career on those fundamental principles of using data to implement better programs and save lives.”
Watch a clip of Pelosi’s comments below, courtesy of ABC News:
“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/mjDIiOh3FV pic.twitter.com/pQaoa694Ga
— ABC News (@ABC) August 2, 2020
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