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Trump says Fauci is "wrong" about coronavirus cases surge

Trump says Fauci is

"He's got this high approval rating, so why don't I have a high approval rating, and the administration with respect to the virus?"

In any case, Fauci said: Yes, he was involved and agreed.

Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies at a House subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., the United States, on July 31, 2020.

For months, pundits have speculated about a rift between Trump and Fauci as the latter's national profile has risen during the pandemic.

The hearing comes as the number of new COVID-19 cases keep appearing at a worrisome pace. More than 150,000 Americans have died.

The U.S. government's top testing official says it's not possible to return all coronavirus test results to patients within three days because of overwhelming demand. "If we tested less, there would be less cases". "Our massive testing capability, rather than being praised, is used by the Lamestream Media and their partner, the Do Nothing Radical Left Democrats, as a point of scorn".

Fauci said it's not his role to opine on curbing political protests.

In some situations, states did not abide strictly by the guidelines that the task force and the White House had put out and others that even did abide by it, the people in the state actually were congregating in crowds and not wearing masks, Fauci said.

"Regrettably, almost six months after this virus claimed its first American life, the federal government has still not yet developed and implemented a national strategy to protect the American people", Chair Clyburn said. His appearance comes amid mounting scrutiny into his strained relationship with President Donald Trump. Public opinion against school reopening has only been rising ever since Trump waded in. "I believe it's a reality (and) will be shown to be reality". I don't think it's dreaming. It probably will be phased in.

Officials testifying with Fauci at a contentious House hearing on Friday acknowledged that the U.S. remains unable to deliver all COVID-19 test results within two or three days, and they jointly pleaded with Americans to comply with basic precautions such as wearing masks, avoiding crowds, and washing their hands frequently.

Fauci was interrogated by Representative Jordan during a Congressional hearing. So Jordan kept pressing: "The government is stopping people from going to church", claiming that's something "the five liberals" on the Supreme Court had decided.

Fauci repeated his long-held assertion that any protest, campaign rally or religious gathering poses a health risk and that indoor events are more risky than outdoor ones.

"You make all kinds of recommendations", Jordan said, taking aim at Fauci. I'm just asking your position on the protests. Fauci denied the two had any correlation.

"And I don't judge one crowd versus another crowd".

Trump staunchly responded to a CBS News video of Fauci's comments by saying, "Wrong! Big progress being made!"