- President Donald Trump spoke publicly with Dr. Anthony Fauci broken and the epidemiologist's testimony on Friday described as "wrong"!
- Fauci testified on Friday to a House subcommittee investigating Trump's use of corona viruses.
- He said the US only closed its economy by about 50% compared to 95% in European countries.
- Trump and Fauci have repeatedly argued, with the president calling Fauci "alarmist" last month and wondering why Fauci had a higher approval rating than he did.
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President Donald Trump spoke publicly with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading US coronavirus expert, broke and questioned Fauci's assessment of why the U.S. is facing a more severe outbreak than European countries.
While his Testimony Friday before a House subcommittee investigating the Trump administration In response to COVID-19, Fauci explained why he believed that the United States was experiencing a sustained rise in coronavirus infections, while European countries that were hit hardest early were more successful in curbing their spread.
Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that European countries had taken blocking measures to close their countries by about 95%, which was different from the U.S. strategy.
"If you actually look at what we did, even though we shut down, although it was very difficult, we really only shut down about 50% functionally in terms of the whole of the country," said Fauci.
"When we peaked, they almost fell to a low baseline. Look at what happened to our baseline," he added. "We came up and down and then reached a plateau of about 20,000 cases a day. We started with a very difficult baseline that was at the time we tried to open the country."
The president disagreed.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2020
"Not correct!" Trump tweeted on Saturday afternoon and shared a video of Fauci's testimony shared by CBS News on Friday. "We have more cases because we tested far more than any other country, 60,000,000. If we tested less, there would be fewer cases."
In most cases, tests don't have to lead to an increase in COVID-19 cases – more cases of the disease have caused the increase.
"How did Italy, France and Spain do? Unfortunately, Europe now has flare-ups," added Trump. "Most of our governors have worked hard and wisely. We will come back STRONG!"
The President's Saturday tweet is the latest escalation of tensions between the President and his Coronavirus advisor.
During an appearance in ABC News earlier this week, Fauci defended himself after Trump shared a tweet claiming Fauci misled the public about coronavirus.
"I have under no circumstances misled the American public," said Fauci.
In early July, the president named Fauci and "Alarmist," although Fauci disagreed during a CNN appearance, saying he considered himself more of a "realist" and an "optimist."
The President answered questions about his relationship with Fauci during a press conference on Thursday.
"I get on very well with him and I agree with many of his statements," Trump told reporters when asked about his exchange of critical tweets.
He added, "And he has this high approval rate. Why don't I have a high approval rate for the virus – and management -?"