President Donald Trump criticized coronavirus task force specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying “he’s made a lot of mistakes,” while the majority of Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of the pandemic in the latest poll and more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
Trump criticizes Fauci on mask advice, says “made a lot of mistakes”
During an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox, President Donald Trump criticized infectious disease expert and US coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“Dr. Fauci is a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes,” Trump said. “A lot of them said don’t wear a mask, don’t wear a mask,” the president added. “Now they are saying wear a mask. A lot of mistakes were made, a lot of mistakes.”
In March, Dr. Fauci, during an interview with CBS, said: “The masks are important for someone who’s infected to prevent them from infecting someone else… Right now in the United States, people should not be walking around with masks.”
In April, Fauci said Americans should cover their face if they have to go out in public, but also said facemasks needed to be reserved for doctors, nurses, first responders and other people on the front lines who were battling the coronavirus outbreak at the time, Reuters reported.
Fauci added: “This is in addition to the physical separation, not as a substitute.” He also warned that COVID-19 could be spread with speaking, not just coughing or sneezing.
In April, the CDC also advised the public to not deplete the supply of mass in order that they be available for medical professionals.
Public health officials were also concerned that face coverings could lead people to touch their faces more than they would otherwise, exacerbating the problem, while worsening a vital shortage of masks for front-line workers that was occurring at the time.
It wasn’t until June that the World Health Organization (WHO) changed its recommendations for wearing a mask. Previously to that, the WHO recommended that only healthcare workers, or people who had already contracted COVID-19 and their caregivers wear medical masks, NBC reported.
Still, a significant number of Americans believe the federal government should enact a nationwide mask mandate, while a Pew Research poll shows that there is considerable resistance to the idea.
Over Two-Thirds of Americans Disapprove of Trump’s Coronavirus Response
Nearly 7-in 10 Americans disapprove of the way President Donald Trump has responded to the coronavirus pandemic as the US sees a record-setting day of newly recorded coronavirus cases for the second time in a week.
As a resurgence of coronavirus grips the nation, 67 percent of Americans said they disapprove of the way President Donald Trump is handling the response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest ABC/Ipsos poll released Friday. Only 33 percent of Americans approve of how President Trump is managing the crisis.
In four months of polling, Trump’s approval of the pandemic has hovered around 50 percent and rose above it in mid-March. However, within the last month, as coronavirus spiked in the US, particularly across the West and South, his approval fell between the high 30s and low 40s.
In the poll, 78 percent of Republicans backed the president, a drop from 90 percent in mid-June. Among racial lines, 92 percent of Blacks and 83 percent of Hispanics disapprove of Trump’s handling of COVID-19.
US reports record-setting spike of coronavirus cases, second time in a week
The United States reported a record-setting 63,200 additional cases of coronavirus for Thursday, and it marks the second time this week the US has shattered the daily record. On average, the US has reported 53,699 additional cases per day, over the past seven days.
On Tuesday, there were over 30,400 cases in California, Florida, and Texas alone, accounting for half of all recorded newly diagnosed US cases.
The number of cases are growing by at least 5%, on average, in 36 states and the District of Columbia, according to a CNBC analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
White House coronavirus task force infectious diseases specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci is warning that if the current rate of infection continues, the number of coronavirus cases could increase to over 100,000 newly diagnosed COVID-19 infections per day.
NYC Mayor de Blasio allowing BLM protesters to continue marches despite banning of all large gatherings
The city of New York has canceled all large events through September.
“This is a historic moment of change,” Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN. “We have to respect that but also say to people the kinds of gatherings we’re used to, the parades, the fairs — we just can’t have that while we’re focusing on health right now.”
However, the NY Post reported that de Blasio is still permitting black lives Matters protesters to continue marching through city streets.