Trump brags that ‘I didn’t listen to my experts’ about the Chinese travel ban
More than 130,000 Americans have died of coronavirus
Trump at the White House on Thursday. In an interview broadcast on Sunday, he said: ‘Dr Fauci said’ don’t wear a mask ‘and now’ wear them ‘. And you know, he said a lot of things. ‘
Trump at the White House on Wednesday. In an interview broadcast on Sunday, he said: ‘Dr Fauci said’ don’t wear a mask ‘and now’ wear them ‘. And you know, he said a lot of things.
While the number of coronavirus cases confirmed in the US reached 3m, and another daily record fell more than 60,000 new cases, Donald Trump insisted that the US was “in a good place” and acknowledged that he “didn’t listen to my experts”.
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The president has also publicly attacked White House senior coronavirus member, Dr Anthony Fauci, who said earlier this week that the US was still undergoing the first wave of the disease.
More than 130,000 Americans have been killed by Covid-19, the world’s highest death rate.
Speaking to former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren in a Gray TV interview broadcast on Sunday, Trump said: “I disagree with him. You know, Dr Fauci said ‘don’t wear a mask’ now he says’ wear it ‘. And you know, he said a lot of things:’ Don’t shut up China.
“And I did it anyway. I ignored my scholars and blocked off China. ”
That was indicative of the restrictions on travelers from the country where the virus originated, ordered early in the US outbreak. The World Health Organization and other authorities have questioned how effective the ban is, especially since Covid-19 may have spread to the US. Trump this week moved to withdraw the US from the WHO.
Fauci, 79, has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infndrome Diseases since 1984. In the early stages of the disease, he emerged as a trusted public voice.
But differences with Trump soon came to light and now Fauci is reportedly banned from appearing on major media platforms. He also delivered his “first time” speech on the National Institutes of Health webcast on Monday, following overwhelming evidence by the Senate last week.
On Wednesday, White House staff gathered at the Washington Department of Education. Fauci told CBS that he participated so far. He was not in the forum with the media.
A number of high-profile Republicans and officials including Deputy President Mike Pence now say the mask is appropriate. But Trump refused to wear the mask in public or insisted that the Americans did so and there was no national authority. In some provinces the governors have refused to authorize or congratulate the masks and in some cases mayors are prohibited from doing so. It has also emerged that the White House wants to urge Americans to simply live with the risk of infection.
Many Republican-led states began reopening their economies in late May, Texas and Florida among them, reporting record numbers and rapid pressure on hospital capacity. Restructuring measures in the provinces that were the first hotspots, New York and New Jersey, have been suspended or amended.
Still, Trump insisted on Van Susteren that in two to four weeks, “I think we’re in a pretty good position.” He had earlier mistakenly said that the virus would disappear soon and that 99% of cases were harmless.
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