Trump lashes out at virus coordinator over ‘pathetic’ remarks Aug 04, 2020 0 1923 12345 AFPWashingtonPresident 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. RELATED ARTICLES Spain’s ex-king Juan Carlos heads for exile under corruption cloud Aug 04, 2020 0 654 Masks on as German children start new schoolyear under virus cloud Aug 04, 2020 0 630 WHO says no ‘silver bullet’ to defeat coronavirus as cases surpass 18 million Aug 04, 2020 0 472 France halts ratification of extradition treaty with Hong Kong over new security law AFP Paris France on Monday said it was halting ratification of an extradition treaty with Hong Kong after Beijing introduced a controversial new security law in the former British colony. “In light of the latest .. China suspends HK extradition treaty with New Zealand AFP Beijing China suspended Hong Kong’s extradition treaty with New Zealand on Monday amid a row with Western nations protesting against a tough new security law that Beijing imposed on the city. New Zealand is the latest .. Poland’s top court rules election result valid WARSAW: Poland’s Supreme Court on Monday approved the result of last month’s hotly contested presidential election but said there had been dozens of irregularities. President Andrzej Duda, who is backed by the ruling .. Eight arrested in Russia’s first surrogacy probe MOSCOW: Eight Russians have been arrested and charged with human trafficking in the country’s first surrogacy probe, and a court on Monday was to consider extending the arrests. Surrogacy is legal in Russia and has been a .. Russia aims to produce ‘millions’ of vaccine doses by 2021 AFP Moscow Russia said on Monday it aims to launch mass production of a coronavirus vaccine next month and turn out “several million” doses per month by next year. The country is pushing ahead with several vaccine .. PM urges France ‘not to let down guard’ to prevent new virus lockdown LILLE: Prime Minister Jean Castex on Monday urged France “not to let down its guard” in the fight against the coronavirus in order to prevent the need for a new national lockdown, as concern grows over a recent surge in ..