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Pelosi Says She Has No Confidence In Trump’s COVID-19 Coordinator Dr. Birx Because ‘She Is His Appointee’

'Deborah Birx is the worst,' Speaker reportedly said

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 18: White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Deborah Birx speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump listens during a news briefing on the latest development of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. at the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House March 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump announced on Twitter that the U.S. and Canada will close their border to non-essential traffic to try and stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by A
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Dr. Deborah Birx is a highly respected physician and diplomat who began serving as the United States Global AIDS Coordinator after she was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2014. Birx was responsible for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program in 65 countries that supports HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention programs.

But now she serves for President Trump as the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force — which has made House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) lose all confidence in the doctor.

“I think the president is spreading disinformation about the virus, and she is his appointee, and so I don’t have confidence there, no,” Pelosi said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

In a piece posted Friday by Politico headlined “Pelosi trashes Birx,” the political website said the Speaker has been privately bashing the award-winning immunologist.

“Deborah Birx is the worst. Wow, what horrible hands you’re in,” Pelosi reportedly said in a private meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Munchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

“She accused BIRX of spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic while praising ANTHONY FAUCI, who she said ‘came to his senses, and is now a hero,'” Politico reported.

Birx responded diplomatically on saying Sunday, saying she had “tremendous respect for the Speaker.” But she blasted a report in the New York Times report that described Birx as having embraced overly optimistic assessments on the virus.

“I have tremendous respect for the Speaker, and I have tremendous respect for her long dedication to the American people, and I think it was unfortunate that the New York Times wrote this article without speaking to me,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I could have brought forth the data. I provide data every single day with an analysis.”

“This was not a pollyannish view. I’ve never been called pollyannish, or non-scientific, or non-data driven,” Birx said. “I will stake my 40-year career on those fundamental principles of using data to implement better programs and save lives.”

In her CNN appearance, Birx said SARS-CoV2, which causes COVID-19, is more widespread than when it first began sweeping across the nation.

“What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread. It’s into the rural as equal urban areas,” Birx said.
“To everybody who lives in a rural area, you are not immune or protected from this virus,” Birx said. “If you’re in multi-generational households, and there’s an outbreak in your rural area or in your city, you need to really consider wearing a mask at home, assuming that you’re positive if you have individuals in your households with comorbidities.”
Birx also blamed public events for the spread. “It’s not super spreading individuals, it’s super spreading events and we need to stop those. We definitely need to take more precautions,” she said.
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