“Dr. Deborah Birx sounded an alarming note about the state of the coronavirus in an internal White House report, saying the US is entering its “most deadly phase” yet, one that requires “much more aggressive action,” according to The Washington Post.
The dire warning from Birx, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, is at odds with public comments made by President Donald Trump in the closing days of the presidential election, who is falsely claiming the US is “turning the corner” on the pandemic while pressuring Democratic governors to “open” their states despite surging cases nationwide.
“We are entering the most concerning and most deadly phase of this pandemic … leading to increasing mortality,” Birx wrote in an internal report Monday, obtained by the Post. “This is not about lockdowns — It hasn’t been about lockdowns since March or April. It’s about an aggressive balanced approach that is not being implemented.” “ (A)
“All pretense of Donald Trump getting along with Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has advised six presidents in his nearly four decade tenure as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is gone after the president hinted that he may fire the long-serving official after the November 3 election at a rally Sunday.
At a packed Florida rally late Sunday night, the president’s fifth in as many states that day, Trump told supporters chanting “fire Fauci” to “wait until a little bit after the election,” hinting that he would soon fire the long-serving official.” (B)
“President Trump’s repeated assertions the United States is “rounding the turn” on the novel coronavirus have increasingly alarmed the government’s top health experts, who say the country is heading into a long and potentially deadly winter with an unprepared government unwilling to make tough choices.
“We’re in for a whole lot of hurt. It’s not a good situation,” Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s leading infectious-disease expert, said in a wide-ranging interview late Friday. “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.”” (C)
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- A.Washington Post: Birx disputes Trump in calling for ‘much more aggressive action’ to combat pandemic, By Veronica Stracqualursi,, https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/03/politics/deborah-birx-trump-covid-19/index.html
- B.Trump Hints At Firing Fauci After Election, by Robert Hart, https://www.forbes.com/sites/roberthart/2020/11/02/trump-hints-at-firing-fauci-after-election/?sh=98f6a777c3a6
- C.‘A whole lot of hurt’: Fauci warns of covid-19 surge, offers blunt assessment of Trump’s response, by Josh Dawsey and Yasmeen Abutaleb, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/fauci-covid-winter-forecast/2020/10/31/e3970eb0-1b8b-11eb-bb35-2dcfdab0a345_story.html
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