Trump disagrees with top expert that United States coronavirus situation is bad
Jul 11 2020
The US is by far the hardest-hit country in the world, with more than 3.1 million confirmed infections and 133,000 dead.
While the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has praised specific states and governors in the past, Fauci acknowledged on Thursday, "I don't think you can say we're doing great", referring to the country as a whole, contradicting President Donald Trump's hopeful and self-congratulatory rhetoric about the national response to the virus.
CNN reported that Fauci continued to talk about the need for everyone to wear a mask and socially distance themselves during the pandemic.
California, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma and Texas on Tuesday shattered their previous daily record highs for new cases.
Donald Trump deflected blame onto Dr Anthony Fauci when quizzed about the rising number of coronavirus cases in several USA states. "Now they are saying wear a mask". The biggest jumps occurred in Texas and California, the two largest USA states, with more than 10,000 new cases each. Despite these numbers, Trump appears to be doubling down on his strategy of intensifying public meetings in order to stoke his base. "I think we are going to be in two, three, four weeks, by the time we next speak, I think we are going to be in very good shape", Mr Trump added. The state was narrowly won by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. Such large gatherings are anathema to epidemiologists, who have increasingly warned of the dangers posed by the virus in the air within crowded and confined spaces. "We are still knee-deep in the first wave of this". We went up, never came down to baseline, and now it's surging back up.
'We live, I mean, you have to be having blindfolds on and covering your ears to think that we don't live in a very divisive society now, from a political standpoint, ' Fauci admitted. Experts however say this explanation is inadequate, because the number of people hospitalized and the percentage of people testing positive is also rising in many states.