Dr. Anthony Fauci just shut down a new Dem attack on Trump and embarrassed the media in the process.
The media and even Joe Biden piled on after Trump’s joke about testing fell flat. They claimed on every network that Trump did indeed order s testing slowdown.
Today Dr. Fauci and Admiral Brett Giroir both denied the charge and said Trump did not order a slowdown with testing.
President Trump did not order a slowdown in coronavirus testing because he wanted to depress the nation’s infection rate, top officials of the White House coronavirus task force said in congressional testimony on Tuesday.
“I know for sure that, to my knowledge, none of us have ever been told to slow down on testing,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, and a widely trusted source of information on the pandemic. “That just is a fact.”
Fauci made his remarks in a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee titled “Oversight of the Trump Administration’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus. It has killed nearly 121,000 people in the U.S. in the last four months.
Testing remains an important means of understanding how the disease is spreading in communities. Public health officials are especially concerned with positivity rates, that is, how many of those tests show new coronavirus infections.
Positivity rates have shown a worrying rise in states like Florida that were quick to lift lockdown measures. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a close ally of Trump, has tried to blame rising coronavirus infection rates in his state on an increase in testing but has since acknowledged that testing alone cannot explain that rise.
Fauci: “To my knowledge none of us has ever been told to slow down on testing.” pic.twitter.com/xguX539RRO
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) June 23, 2020
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