The public health experts appointed by President Trump can’t be trusted, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi, a California Democrat, reiterated her criticisms of Dr. Deborah Birx, the top official on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, on Sunday. Pelosi told ABC’s This Week that Birx cannot be trusted to influence coronavirus policy because she was appointed by Trump.
“I think the president is spreading disinformation about the virus, and she is his appointee. So I don’t have confidence there, no,” Pelosi said.
JUST IN: “I think the president has been spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his appointee so, I don’t have confidence there, no,” Speaker Pelosi tells @MarthaRaddatz when asked is she has confidence in Dr. Deborah Birx. https://t.co/HNQgCe39RN pic.twitter.com/ZDZYAjr0cJ
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) August 2, 2020
Pelosi had reportedly accused Birx of spreading disinformation during a negotiating meeting for the next coronavirus relief package with top Republicans last week. She referenced a New York Times article that claimed that Birx was too optimistic about the coronavirus data.
During an interview on CNN on Sunday, Birx was asked to respond to Pelosi’s criticisms.
“I have tremendous respect for the speaker. And I have tremendous respect for her long dedication to the American people, and I think it was unfortunate that New York Times wrote this article without speaking to me. I could have brought forth the data. I provide data every single day with an analysis,” she said.
“The day that they’re talking about that I was, quote, “pollyannaish,” it said there was improvement in the New York metro, but ongoing cases in Boston and Chicago and new outbreak in Houston and full logarithmic spread and new concerning outbreaks in Baltimore and New Haven and Washington, D.C. This was not a pollyannaish view, and I have never been called pollyannaish or nonscientific or non-data-driven, and I will stake my 40-year career on those fundamental principles of utilizing data to really implement better programs to save more lives,” she added.
Birx has had a lengthy career working alongside Dr. Anthony Fauci and others addressing the AIDS epidemic before tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. She became a colonel in the Army before working for the National Institutes of Health, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She was previously appointed by President Barack Obama to be the ambassador at large and U.S. Global AIDS coordinator.
Author: Madison dibble
Source: Washington Examiner: ‘She is his appointee’: Nancy Pelosi says she does not trust Dr. Birx because she is tied to Trump