Trump criticizes Birx for the first time after she issues coronavirus warnings

(CNN)President Donald Trump criticized Dr. Deborah Birx in a Monday tweet after she warned the pandemic is “extraordinarily widespread” in the US.

While Trump and other top White House officials have publicly attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the tweet marked the first time Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, publicly drew Trump’s ire.

The dust-up comes as the country continues to be ravaged by coronavirus, with more than 150,000 US citizens dead and more than 4 million cases. Trump has consistently lied and misled mostly in attempts to downplay concerns about the virus as he presses for schools and businesses to reopen.

“So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics. In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!” Trump wrote.

Birx sounded the alarms during an appearance on CNN Sunday, telling CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” that the pandemic has reached a new phase.

“What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread. It’s into the rural as equal urban areas,” she said, suggesting that some Americans in multi-generational families should start wearing masks inside their homes.

She did not reject a warning by former Federal Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb that there could be 300,000 coronavirus deaths by the end of the year, saying, “Anything is possible.”

Birx also responded to remarks from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said on ABC’s “This Week” that she did not have confidence in the task force coordinator because the President continues to spread disinformation.

“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.

Birx then defended herself on Sunday.

“I have never been called pollyannish, or nonscientific, or non-data driven,” Birx said. “And I will stake my 40-year career on those fundamental principles of utilizing data to really implement better programs to save more lives.”

Birx has been able to develop a close relationship with the Trump White House, which has tainted her reputation among some public health experts. She has avoided openly criticizing the administration. Fauci, who has taken a more public-facing role with many media appearances, has earned more irritation from the President, who openly attacked the doctor and questioned during a press briefing last week why Fauci’s approval was so high.

Seems to support his claims, and actions, that he knows more about everything than anyone, so Birx is just the latest to feel his wrath.

But, in full disclosure, Brix did not cave to Nancy Pelosi as POTUS claims…Brix’s warning preceded Polosi’s criticism.

How much longer (well the answer is clearly 3 months) can this administration continue to fail and stretch the truth?

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I’m holding off on making an assessment on that and will just see how the election goes. I don’t know if it will be 3 months, or 51 months, or something in between.

That said, I don’t think he is doing himself favours with how he is handling COVID-19. But who knows, that may lead to lower voter turnout which could also be to his advantage.

It seems that anyone associated with Trump in any way eventually becomes tainted and grist for the mill in his eyes, because he relates all behaviors of others to himself. Best to keep away from him at all costs. Warning to AG Barr.

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It’s too late for Barr. He’ll forever reek of the Trump Stench.

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