President Donald Trump has struck back at infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, again after the doctor took another swipe at him.
The doctor appeared before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on Friday to explain the United States coronavirus numbers, BizPac Review reported.
He said that the United States is seeing a surge of cases while Europe is seeing sharp declines because America did not shut its economy enough.
“He explained that most European countries shut their economy by 95%, while functionally the U.S. only shut its economy down by 50%. Fauci observed that some states followed CDC guidelines when they reopened, while others didn’t, and this has led to a surge in cases in many southern and western states,” CBS News said in its report.
“There are some states that did it very well, there are some states that did not,” Fauci said to the committee.
He said this amid staggering unemployment numbers as Congress still has not approved a relief package for American workers.
“Wrong! We have more cases because we have tested far more than any other country, 60,000,000. If we tested less, there would be less cases,” the president said.
“How did Italy, France & Spain do? Now Europe sadly has flare ups. Most of our governors worked hard & smart. We will come back STRONG!” he said.
John Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center confirms that the U.S. has conducted more COVID-19 tests than any other country.
Naturally, the New York Times has already placed a marker disputing the president’s claim that the growing case count is a result of increased testing — then again, liberal media outlets have the manipulation of statistics down to an art form.
The paper reported on July 22 that a worsening outbreak is the cause in an analysis that showed the rise in cases “far outpaces the growth in testing.”
“The average number of tests conducted nationwide has grown by 80 percent since early June, to 780,000 per day. Daily case counts have grown by 215 percent in the same period,” the Times reported.
But Fauci has shown that he is being political, particularly when he was questioned by Rep. Jim Jordan and would not admit that protests could have helped spread the virus.
“Should government limit the protesting?” Jordan said.
“I don’t think that’s relevant,” he said. “I’m not in a position to determine what the government can do in a forceful way.”
“You make all kinds of recommendations,” Jordan said. “Is there a world where the Constitution says you can favor one First Amendment liberty, protesting, over another, practicing your faith?”
“I’m not favoring anybody over anybody,” the doctor said. “I’m just making a statement that’s a broad statement, that avoid crowds of any type, no matter where you are, because that leads to the acquisition and transmission. And I don’t judge one crowd versus another crowd. When you’re in a crowd, particularly if you’re not wearing a mask, that induces the spread.”
“I haven’t seen people during a church service go out and harm police officers or burn buildings, but we know that for 63 days, nine weeks, it’s been happening in Portland,” the representative said.
There’s “no limit to protests,” Jordan said, but “you can’t go to church on Sunday.”
“I don’t know how many times I can answer that,” Fauci said. “I’m not going to opine on limiting anything.”
He has opined on limiting everything from work to church but on this he will not opine. It is not that what he is saying is incorrect. It is that everything he says appears to favor Democrats.