White House unleashes on Fauci after criticism of Trump's pandemic response

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White House unleashes on Fauci after criticism of Trump's pandemic response
Kelly Mena, CNN
Published Sunday, November 1, 2020 9:47AM EST
Last Updated Sunday, November 1, 2020 2:06PM EST

The White House on Saturday unleashed on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert, following his comments to the Washington Post that criticized the Trump administration's response to the pandemic, including Dr. Scott Atlas, who the president has relied on for advice on handling the coronavirus.

"It's unacceptable and breaking with all norms for Dr. Fauci, a senior member of the president's Coronavirus Taskforce and someone who has praised President (Donald) Trump's actions throughout this pandemic, to choose three days before an election to play politics," White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said in a statement to CNN on Saturday evening.

Deere took issue with Fauci's comments where the doctor seemingly praises Democratic nominee Joe Biden's campaign. Fauci told the Post that the Democratic nominee's campaign "is taking it seriously from a public health perspective." While Trump, Fauci said, is "looking at it from a different perspective." He said that perspective was "the economy and reopening the country," according to the Post.

"As a member of the Task Force, Dr. Fauci has a duty to express concerns or push for a change in strategy, but he's not done that, instead choosing to criticize the President in the media and make his political leanings known by praising the president's opponent — exactly what the American people have come to expect from The Swamp," Deere said.

Fauci, a leading member of the government's coronavirus response, said the United States needed to make an "abrupt change" in public health practices and behaviors, according to the Post. He said the country could surpass 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day and predicted rising deaths in the coming weeks.

"Dr. Fauci knows that the risks today are dramatically lower than they were only a few months ago with mortality rates falling over 80%. The Trump Administration, through the work of the Task Force, continues to surge testing, PPE, personnel, and capacity to protect the vulnerable, help schools reopen, and respond to conditions on the ground," Deere said.

In Friday's interview with the Post, Fauci also criticized Atlas, a neuroradiologist and Trump's hand-picked coronavirus adviser, for his lack of expertise.

"I have real problems with that guy," Fauci said. "He's a smart guy who's talking about things that I believe he doesn't have any real insight or knowledge or experience in. He keeps talking about things that when you dissect it out and parse it out, it doesn't make any sense."

Atlas responded to Fauci on Twitter, tweeting on Saturday night: "#Insecurity #EmbarrassingHimself #Exposed #CantThrowABall #NoTimeForPolitics."

Atlas on Saturday made dubious claims in a 27-minute interview to RT, the propaganda network that had played a major role in the Kremlin's efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and later was forced to formally register with the Justice Department as an agent of the Russian government.

"New interview. Lockdowns, facts, frauds ... if you can't handle truth, use a mask to cover your eyes and ears," Atlas, who has misrepresented the effectiveness of masks and discouraged testing of asymptomatic people, tweeted along with the interview.

On Sunday, Atlas apologized for doing that interview, tweeting, "I recently did an interview with RT and was unaware they are a registered foreign agent. I regret doing the interview and apologize for allowing myself to be taken advantage of. I especially apologize to the national security community who is working hard to defend us."

Fauci, in his remarks to the Post, gave a grim warning of a COVID-19 surge as the country heads into fall and winter.

"We're in for a whole lot of hurt. It's not a good situation," Fauci said. "All the stars are aligned in the wrong place as you go into the fall and winter season, with people congregating at home indoors. You could not possibly be positioned more poorly."

Deere pushed back on this warning Saturday, saying, "Dr. Fauci may have just admitted that he is afraid the cure will be worse than the disease and that unlike the President he has no confidence in the American people to make the best choice for themselves armed with CDC best practices."

Fauci's comments came the same day that the US reported 99,321 new COVID-19 cases -- the highest single day number of cases recorded for any country. As of Saturday evening, the country's death toll from the pandemic has topped 230,000.

Meanwhile, 29 states set new records this month for the most new daily cases since the pandemic began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Fauci's assessment of the country's handling of the pandemic also comes as Trump has continued to insist on holding huge rallies — including four in Pennsylvania on Saturday alone — which only draws attention to the fact that he is dangerously flouting the safety guidelines of his own experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, daring Americans to hold him accountable for it on Election Day.

This isn't the first time Fauci has disagreed with the Trump administration for their handling of the pandemic. Earlier this month, the President trashed Fauci as a "disaster" and made baseless coronavirus claims in a campaign call.

Referring to Fauci and other health officials as "idiots," Trump declared the country ready to move on from the health disaster, even as medical experts warn the worst may be yet to come.

Baselessly claiming that if Fauci was in charge more than half a million people would be dead in the United States, Trump portrayed the recommendations offered by his own administration to mitigate the spread of the disease as a burdensome annoyance.

"People are tired of COVID. I have the biggest rallies I've ever had, and we have Covid," Trump said, phoning into a call with campaign staff from his namesake hotel in Las Vegas, where he spent two nights amid a western campaign swing. "People are saying whatever. Just leave us alone. They're tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots."

White House communications director Alyssa Farah said Sunday that the President still has faith in Fauci. In a separate Fox News interview, Farah also said she spoke with Fauci Sunday morning and that at times the administration reminds him that he sits on the White House coronavirus task force and should voice his concerns.

"He's somebody who's highly respected but at times we remind him, you sit on this task force. If you have concerns about our response effort, then please by all means raise them, but a lot of us are working around the clock, the president being the number one person to defeat this virus," she said.

During the Post interview, Fauci noted he needed to be careful with his answers or he might be blocked from doing further appearances.

Fauci and others have said they are worried about regions of the country that may not be prepared to deal with another surge of infections because they of limits on intensive care beds and nurses who can treat increasing amounts of patients, according to the Post.

"It's much more about some of the states like Utah, Nevada, South Dakota, North Dakota, where ... they never had a pretty good reserve of intensive care beds and things like that. I hope they'll be okay, but it's still a risk that, as you get more surging, they're going to run out of capacity," Fauci said.
 

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这位Scott Altas 才是真正的混人,福奇和Birx都公开指责他乱说,他根本就没有传染病,病毒学等专业培训,只是个放射科医生,拿手的拍总统马屁。

Dr. Scott Atlas, White House Coronavirus Task Force adviser, apologizes for interview with Russian propaganda network
By David Goldman, Alexis Benveniste and Nicky Robertson, CNN

Updated 3:18 PM ET, Sun November 1, 2020
WH Covid-19 adviser apologizes after giving interview to Russian TV network controlled by the Kremlin

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White House pandemic adviser appears on Russian state media, dismisses predictions about Covid-19 deaths in US

From CNN’s Marshall Cohen and Maggie Fox

White House pandemic adviser Dr. Scott Atlas gave an extensive interview to RT, the Kremlin-controlled state media network in which he asserted coronavirus lockdowns “are killing people,” attacked public health experts and dismissed models predicting hundreds of thousands more pandemic deaths in the US.

Atlas gave the interview via satellite from the White House grounds, according to the footage. He said the pandemic is improving in the US, even as daily case counts and death counts hit new records for the pandemic as a whole.

Atlas, who is a radiologist and who has no expertise in infectious diseases or epidemiology, also dismissed forecasts from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine that forecasts 399,000 coronavirus deaths in the US by Feb. 1 under current conditions.

“The IHME model is really sort – it’s absurd to start looking at this model at this point,” Atlas said. “At this point in time anybody who’s even focusing on models has not learned from the past.”

Atlas tweeted an apology Sunday.

“I recently did an interview with RT and was unaware they are a registered foreign agent. I regret doing the interview and apologize for allowing myself to be taken advantage of. I especially apologize to the national security community who is working hard to defend us,” Atlas said in the tweet.
 

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个人相信Dr. Fauci很多观点,但是觉得他在媒体上说得太多了,有可能川普把他边缘化,他只有在媒体上发声,但是现在选举最后阶段,科学家最好还是要发声谨慎
 

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Dr. Birx Reportedly Refusing to Participate in White House Meetings With Dr. Atlas Because He Is Spreading Covid Misinformation

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个人相信Dr. Fauci很多观点,但是觉得他在媒体上说得太多了,有可能川普把他边缘化,他只有在媒体上发声,但是现在选举最后阶段,科学家最好还是要发声谨慎
trump竞选集团把他的话断章取义地加进竞选广告,可能也是他反击的原因。
 

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川总说了:没有人比他更了解新冠病毒特朗普我早就知道这病会全球大流行
福奇反对最了解病毒的人的决定,被攻击是理所当然地

川普如果败选,可以回白宫领导美国抗疫
 

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