On Wednesday, May 13, United States President Donald Trump criticized the congressional testimony by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, and Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – who both warned against reopening the country too hastily.
In the testimony, Dr. Fauci cautioned that opening the country too soon would create “a real risk that you will trigger an outbreak that you may not be able to control.”
Dr. Fauci also told the US Senate panel that a vaccine for COVID-19 would likely not be ready by the new school year, and warned of the dangers of the virus to children. “You’re right in the numbers that children, in general, do much, much better than adults … But I am very careful, and hopefully humble in knowing that I don’t know everything about this disease. And that’s why I’m very reserved in making broad predictions.”
Speaking to reporters, Trump said, “I was surprised by his answer. To me, it’s not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools.”
“He wants to play all sides of the equation,” added Trump before adding that he believes the US economy next year would be “phenomenal.”
Trump, who often expresses concern over the depressed economy, has also clashed with state governors on when to ease lockdown regulations.
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