Donald Trump and his administration is under investigation by the Government Accountability Office, a watchdog agency, for allegedly politically interfering with the CDC and FDA amid the coronavirus pandemic. The office will look into if the administration “has violated the agencies’ scientific integrity and communication policies.”
This comes as the rift between the president and Dr Fauci has widened after Mr Trump called the infectious disease expert a “disaster” and an “idiot” on Monday while on a phone call with his campaign staff. The two men have often differed on how the coronavirus pandemic should be addressed by the government.
In other news, Fox News turned down the Rudy Giuliani scoop about Hunter Biden and an unclaimed laptop due to credibility concerns, according to Mediate. The news organisation expressed concern about sourcing and independently verifying the story, but opinions news hosts on Fox News have still covered the scoop at length on their respective shows.
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Danielle Zoellner19 October 2020 19:43
Trump continues his attacks of Dr Fauci in Twitter rant
Donald Trump has continued his attacks on infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci on his Twitter feed.
In a series of tweets, the president claimed Dr Fauci promoted a “no mask” and “let China in” policies.
It is true that Dr Fauci initially said people should not wear masks at the start of the pandemic. This was due to the lack of knowledge experts had about the novel virus and in an effort to make sure enough masks were available to essential workers. The guidance was later changed once experts learned more about the novel virus.
Dr Fauci has previously commended the president for partially shutting down the US to China travel.
The tweets comes after the president slammed Dr Fauci on a phone call with his campaign staff, calling the expert a “disaster” and an “idiot.
The pair have been at odds in recent weeks as Dr Fauci pushes for stronger coronavirus policies across the US to curb the spread of the novel virus.
Danielle Zoellner19 October 2020 19:40
Breaking: Investigation launched into Trump’s ‘political interference’ in CDC and FDA’s coronavirus work
Donald Trump’s “political interference” with the coronavirus work of the CDC and FDA will be investigated by a government watchdog.
The Government Accountability Office will probe whether the White House’s alleged interference during the pandemic “has violated the agencies’ scientific integrity and communication policies.”
Danielle Zoellner19 October 2020 19:33
‘I have to be honest’: Fauci says Trump administration controlling media appearances during coronavirus pandemic
A key member of America’s coronavirus response team says the Trump administration has been controlling his media appearances during the pandemic.
Dr Anthony Fauci, one of the country’s top infectious disease experts, said he was banned from conducting…