speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP legislator: Democratic party “was previously more moderate” White House not optimistic about short-term economic deals Sunday exhibitions – stimulus debate dominates MORE (D-Calif.) Doubled on Monday when she questioned the credibility of Deborah Birx, the doctor who coordinated the White House Coronavirus Task Force, arguing that she had “empowered”
“I have no confidence in someone standing there while the president says swallow Lysol, it will cure your virus. It will kill you and you will no longer have the virus,” Pelosi said during an interview with CNN Jim Sciutto.
“There has to be some responsibility. If the president says these things, who advises him that this is okay and enables it while millions of people have died?” Pelosi said.
Pelosi’s comments come when Birx was also criticized on Monday by Trump, who attacked her for recognizing that the coronavirus pandemic is “extremely widespread” in the United States
Trump suggested that Birx attempted to counter Pelosi’s earlier criticism.
“So crazy Nancy Pelosi said terrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx and followed her up because she was positive about the very good job we do in fighting the China virus, including vaccines and therapeutics,” Trump tweeted . “To counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait and hit us. Pathetic! “
Trump has repeatedly undercut senior health officials, including the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony FauciAnthony FauciTrump: ‘Fake News’ does not report ‘major China virus outbreaks around the world’ Trump challenges Fauci for comments on coronavirus fluctuations: ‘Wrong!’ Experts fear political pressure on the COVID-19 vaccine MOREbut until Monday he had failed to publicly criticize Birx.
Trump’s tweet also came after White House officials had defended Birx in recent days in response to Pelosi’s initial criticism.
Politico reported last week that Pelosi had criticized Birx during a meeting with the White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsMeadows: The election will take place on November 3rd. The White House is not optimistic about short-term economic deals on Sunday. The stimulus debate dominates MORE and finance minister Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinWhite House is not optimistic about short-term stimulus deal Sunday shows – stimulus debate dominates On The Trail: the first signs of a post-Trump GOP MORE on a coronavirus support package.
Pelosi repeated during an appearance in ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that she did not trust Birx and said: “I think the President is spreading – spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his – she is his agent.”
Pelosi said on Monday that Birx showed up during the meeting with Mnuchin and Meadows during a discussion on contact tracking.
“What happened is that we had a conversation about how to stop the virus. And when we did, they argued that tracking is not a valuable thing, we shouldn’t be doing it. I said that is not what most people do. ” Scientists say. And they said, well, we’re going to get a scientist to say that. I said clearly [if] It’s not Dr. Birx, “said Pelosi in the CNN interview.
When Birx was asked to respond to Pelosi’s criticism during a Sunday interview on CNN, she said that “she has great respect for the speaker and I have great respect for her long commitment to the American people.”
Birx also said that the US has entered a “new phase” of the pandemic, in which the virus has spread to both rural and urban areas.
“What we see today differs from March and April. It’s extremely widespread … it’s more widespread and both rural and urban, ”Birx said on CNN.
Birx was present at the April White House briefing when Trump came up with the idea of injecting people with disinfectants and exposing bodies to UV light to treat the corona virus.
During an interview in the Fox News a few days later, Birx suggested that Trump “digest” information about disinfectants that he received shortly before the press conference.
“When he receives new information, he likes to speak it out loud and really does this dialogue – and that’s exactly what he had. I think he saw the information just before the press conference and was still digesting that information, ”said Birx at the time.