On Monday, Donald Trump blasted White House COVID-19 task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx after she stated that the pandemic was “extraordinarily widespread.”
Trump’s attack on Birx came on the heels of the White House admonishing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for “undermining Birx.”
“So Crazy Nancy Pelosi said horrible things about Dr. Deborah Birx, going after her because she was too positive on the very good job we are doing on combatting the China Virus, including Vaccines & Therapeutics,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!”
Last week it was reported by Politico that Pelosi tore into Birx in closed-door negotiations with administration officials. Pelosi reportedly stated that the White House was in “horrible hands.” Pelosi criticized Birx again on Sunday during her appearance on ABC.
Birx recently spoke with CNN and it was her comments to the media outlet that angered Trump.
“What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread,” Birx said. She added that the pandemic was affecting both urban and rural areas.
Trump’s attack on Birx is completely at odds with recent messaging from his top spokespeople, who defended Birx against Pelosi’s comment.
“It is deeply irresponsible of Speaker Pelosi to repeatedly try to undermine & create public distrust in Dr. Birx, the top public health professional on the coronavirus task force,” White House Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farah wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “It’s also just wrong. Period. Hard stop.”
“Dr. Birx is one of the smartest, honest, most talented professionals I’ve ever worked with. The baseless, political attacks against her and her long record of saving lives and protecting public health are disgusting and shameful,” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere wrote on Twitter on Sunday.