(L-R) U.S. President Donald Trump and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci arrive for a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in the press briefing room of the White House on March 26, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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President Donald Trump hasn’t attended a coronavirus task force meeting in “several months,” whilst new instances in the U.S. proceed to climb, White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci stated Friday.
Led by Vice President Mike Pence, the task force used to satisfy day by day in the primary months of the pandemic, however that is been scaled again to digital conferences as soon as every week, he stated.
“We certainly interact with the vice president at the task force meetings, and the vice president makes our feelings and what we talk about there known to the president,” Fauci instructed MSNBC’s Chuck Todd when requested in regards to the final time Trump has attended a meeting with the nation’s main public well being specialists.
Fauci’s remarks echo these of Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, who additionally sits on the task force. Collins instructed NPR in an interview printed Monday that Trump has primarily acquired his info from Pence and coronavirus advisor Scott Atlas.
“I definitely don’t have his ear as much as Scott Atlas right now. That has been a changing situation,” Fauci instructed MSNBC when requested about how typically he briefs the president. Atlas, who is just not an infectious illness specialist, has reportedly pushed the herd immunity technique, which Fauci has criticized, saying it might trigger a variety of pointless deaths.
On Sunday, Twitter eliminated a tweet by Atlas, who had written “Masks work? NO.” The social media platform stated the tweet violated the platform’s coverage on coronavirus misinformation.
“The President is routinely briefed about the coronavirus each and every day. The relevant information is brought to him on the big decisions, and then he moves forward in the way that’s best for our country,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Matthews instructed CNBC in a press release.
Trump has publicly ridiculed Fauci, the nation’s main infectious illness professional, and referred to as him “a disaster” and presumably “an idiot” throughout a name with the workers of his reelection marketing campaign on Monday.
“People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots, all these idiots who got it wrong,” Trump stated on the decision.
Trump has insisted that states proceed to reopen their economies, whilst every day instances proceed to climb to highs final reported over the summer season, when instances surged throughout America’s Sun Belt states.
The U.S. is now averaging roughly 61,100 new coronavirus instances day by day, a greater than 14% enhance in contrast with every week in the past, in response to a CNBC evaluation of Johns Hopkins University knowledge.
During the ultimate debate Thursday, Trump stated the U.S. is “rounding the corner” in the outbreak, regardless of warnings from Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who stated Wednesday that the U.S. is “approaching a critical phase.”
— CNBC’s Dan Mangan contributed to this report.