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Trump lashes out at virus coordinator over ‘pathetic’ remarks

Trump lashes out at virus coordinator over ‘pathetic’ remarks

AFP
Washington
President Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at his coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx after she sounded a grim warning about the pandemic’s new surge, calling her remarks “pathetic.”
Trump, angered by what he sees as overly pessimistic media coverage of his handling of the pandemic, said Birx had given into pressure to sound negative.
“Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!” he tweeted.
On Sunday, Birx told CNN that the United States, which has already seen nearly 155,000 deaths from COVID-19, is entering “a new phase” of viral spread.
“It is extraordinarily widespread,” she said. “To everybody who lives in a rural area, you are not immune or protected from this virus.”
Trump said that Birx’s warning was issued only after she was attacked by the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi and other Democrats have gone after Birx, a veteran public health expert, over what they say is her willingness to tailor her messages to win approval from Trump.