President Trump said Monday that White House Coronavirus Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birks, who told CNN on Sunday that the pandemic was now “different” than it had been before and “extremely widespread,” was trying to put pressure from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had harsh words about Birks.
Trump insisted that the growing number of COVID-19 cases was only the result of intensified tests, not an indication that the spread of the disease had worsened, but Birks said the country was in a “new phase” of the pandemic.
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“So the crazy Nancy Pelosi said terrible things about Dr. Deborah Birks after her because she was very positive about the very good work we are doing in the fight against the Chinese virus, including vaccines and therapists. To oppose Nancy, Deborah took the bait and hit us. Too bad! “
Pelosi was critical of Birks and the rest of the administration in an interview with Martha Radac of ABC News.
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Speaking about this in an interview with CNN, Birks said she had “great respect” for Pelosi, and then criticized an article in the New York Times that accused her of being overly optimistic about the pandemic. Birks said that while she said there was improvement in the metropolitan area of New York, in Houston, Baltimore, New Haven and Washington, DC, there were new outbreaks, as well as “current cases” in Boston and Chicago.
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“It wasn’t a field view,” Birks continued. “I have never called myself a pollyannish, or scientific, or data-driven. I will base my 40-year career on these basic principles of using data to implement better programs and save lives.”
Gregg Re contributed to this Fox News report.