“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. In order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait & hit us. Pathetic!”
Pelosi recently criticized Birx during a meeting with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and she addressed the situation on This Week on Sunday. The Speaker said that she did not trust Birx because she felt that the doctor had spread disinformation about COVID-19 on behalf of President Trump.
In an appearance on CNN‘s State of the Union on Sunday, Birx said that she respected Pelosi’s service to the country. However, the doctor also defended herself against Pelosi’s criticisms.
“I have never been called pollyannish, or nonscientific, or non-data driven,” Birx said. “And I will stake my 40-year career on those fundamental principles of utilizing data to really implement better programs to save more lives.”
In her appearance, Birx also gave a warning to the United States. She said that the coronavirus pandemic that the country faces now is different than it was in March and April because it is now widespread in both urban and rural areas across the nation. She advised people to wear a mask and stay away from others no matter where they live.
Yesterday, White House communications director Alyssa Farah tweeted that Pelosi’s criticism of Birx was wrong, and she admonished the speaker for trying to undermine public trust in the doctor as a member of the coronavirus task force.
Trump’s tweet calling out Birx marked the first time that he criticized her publically. He has spoken out against the other doctor on the team, Dr. Fauci, several times. The president said that Fauci could be alarmist at times.
Trump’s tweet about the doctor received a lot of attention, garnering nearly 37,000 likes and more than 11,000 retweets along with a similar number of comments. Several Twitter users called out Trump for attacking yet another person who works with him. Others pointed out that they agree with Pelosi’s assessment of the doctor. At least a few agreed with Trump’s assessment, and some replies called for the removal of Birx and Fauci, from the administration’s response.