Trump Undermining Coronavirus Response Through ‘Myths,’ Dr. Birx Says
White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx pointedly took aim at outgoing President Donald Trump for hindering the public health response to the coronavirus pandemic, complaining on Sunday that his flouting of guidelines and embrace of “myths” influences the public.
Meet the Press host Chuck Todd pushed Dr. Birx for a direct response on whether she believed large swatches of the population were following the president’s lead as he publicly ignores mitigation recommendations and spouts disinformation about the virus.
“Do you understand why some in the public say if he doesn’t think it’s a big deal, that maybe he thinks all of the health people are overdoing it, overselling it?” Todd added.
“I hear community members parroting back those situations, parroting back that masks don’t work, parroting back that we should work towards herd immunity, parroting back that gatherings don’t result in super-spreading events,” Dr. Birx stated. “And I think our job is to constantly say those are myths, they are wrong, and you can see the evidence base.”
Watch the video above, via NBC News.