Top U.S. health official Anthony Fauci will not testify next week to a congressional committee examining the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, the White House said on Friday, calling it "counterproductive" to have individuals involved in the response testify.
Top U.S. health official Anthony Fauci will not testify next week to a House committee examining the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
That's according to the White House.
In an emailed statement to the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees health programs, the White House said it was (quote) "counterproductive" to have individuals involved in the response to testify, but that the administration was quote "committed to working with Congress to offer testimony at the appropriate time".
(SOUNDBITE) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "The Democrats, they don't want to come back... I think they should be back here, but they don't.
I think they're enjoying their vacation." The announcement comes as Trump continues to clash with the Democratic-controlled House over its moves to investigate his actions or those of his administration.
In recent days, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer have urged wide-ranging investigations into Trump's handling of the coronavirus outbreak, which has more than 60,000 Americans.
(SOUNDBITE) PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "And the testing is going really well and we're doing more than anybody else." Democrats say Trump has failed to develop a comprehensive and effective plan for testing Americans and tracing contacts of those who are infected by the virus.
And Trump's relationship with 79-year-old Fauci can sometimes be a complicated one.
The well-regarded doctor has at times corrected or contradicted the president at White House briefings or in interviews.
(SOUNDBITE) DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES, SAYING: "We will have coronavirus in the Fall, I am convinced of that." And Trump, who has largely followed the advice of Fauci and White House's coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, has occasionally shown exasperation with Fauci.
Last month he retweeted a supporter's #FireFauci message, but shot down rumors that he was firing him.
(SOUNDBITE) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "Today I walk in and I hear that I'm going fire him, I'm not going to fire him, I think he's a wonderful guy.... (reporters asking "why would you retweet something that said #fire Fauci?")... I think he's terrific, because this is a person's view.
Not everybody is happy with Anthony, not everybody is happy with everybody."
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Asked if he agrees with Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene's support of the unfounded Qanon conspiracy theory, U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said "I did congratulate her" following her primary win but declined to answer the reporter's question directly.
The United States may allow coronavirus infections to run rampant to achieve "Herd immunity". However, the death toll would be massive especially among vulnerable people. Dr. Anthony Fauci is the top infectious doctor in the US and the director of the NIAID. The NIAID is the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, reports CNN. Fauci explained the risks during a live Instagram session with actor Matthew McConaughey.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious diseases expert, said that when he and his wife go on their daily four-mile "jog, power walk" they are ready to flip their masks on if they get close to other people.
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US President Donald Trump said he has heard "very serious" rumours aboutKamala Harris's eligibility to be vice president. Mr Trump told reporters hehad "heard" suggestions that Ms Harris - who is Democratic candidate JoeBiden's running mate - was born to immigrant parents and could not serve inthe White House.
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Jared Kushner has confirmed he had a 'friendly discussion' about policy with Kanye West in Colorado. CNN reports the senior adviser to President Donald Trump said the conversation wasn't necessarily focused on the rapper's presidential campaign. West was camping in Colorado and flew to Telluride to meet with Kushner and his wife, first daughter and White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump.
The Trump administration on Thursday will roll back regulations aimed at reducing emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations, its latest move to unwind environmental rules ahead of November's presidential election. Freddie Joyner has more.
As summer begins and the lockdown eases, more Poles are shunning foreign resorts and are opting instead for holidays in remote rural settings at home, perhaps a forest tent or a lakeside cottage far from tourist crowds and COVID-19.
White House health experts are warning of a slow rise in the percentage of people testing positive for coronavirus in U.S. cities such as Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Washington and urged local leaders to remain vigilant to avoid a surge. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
[NFA] U.S. President Donald Trump took a public swipe at White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx a day after she said infections from the virus were "extraordinarily widespread" in the U.S. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
Dr. Deborah Birx on Sunday said America is in a new phase in its ongoing fight against the coronavirus. According to CNN, Dr. Birx said that the deadly virus is more widespread than when it first took hold earlier this year. "What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread." Her statement comes as the US has reported more coronavirus cases and deaths than any other country in the world.
[NFA] President Donald Trump on Thursday said his team was rejecting Democrats' bid to include funds for the U.S. Postal Service and shore up election infrastructure in a new coronavirus relief bill, as he vowed to block money to facilitate mail-in voting. Colette Luke has the latest.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, "the president says he's not putting up any money for absentee voting and he's not putting up any money for the Postal Service, undermining the health of our democracy."
[NFA] U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday urged a restart of congressional talks on extending coronavirus aid, saying executive actions taken by President Donald Trump a day earlier would have little immediate impact on Americans facing economic distress amid the pandemic. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.
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