US President Trump contradicts his own Top Health Expert Dr. Fauci
August 2 , 2020
The US President Donald Trump has contradicted his own top health expert of infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci. In an extraordinary attack, Donald Trump negated Dr. Fauci’s claim that the high rates of COVID-19 infection in the US is due to its less aggressive reaction in terms of stay-at-home orders and economic shutdowns. Fauci had argued that most European countries had shut down their economies by 95% whereas the US shut down its economy by only 50%. He also explained that a surge in COVID-19 infection cases in many southern and western US states is being witnessed right now, indicating the fact that some of the US states followed the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and many others didn’t. The US President Donald Trump countered Fauci’s assessment by saying “We have more cases because we have tested far more than any other country, 60,000,000. If we tested less, there would be less cases. How did Italy, France & Spain do? Now Europe sadly has flare-ups. Most of our governors worked hard & smart. We will come back STRONG!” Many people including political analysts believe that Trump’s fierce attack on his own health official is not normal. It indicates that Fauci’s assessment is revealing the fact that the COVID-19 crisis is getting worse and the Trump administration is still struggling to come up with a coherent response. The latest reports say that in July the fatalities from coronavirus have risen by more than 25,000 and also the confirmed COVID-19 infection cases have doubled in 19 US states. Till now more than 4.5 million people have contracted the COVID-19 infection and more than 150,000 people have died in the United States. The top Democrats in the US Congress and the White House couldn’t reach a deal about finalizing a bill regarding extension of an essential federal lifeline of US$600 (which expired recently) for millions of unemployed Americans in addition to state jobless payments. While the Congressional Democrats wanted the weekly federal payments of US$600 to be extended into next year as part of a broader package, Senate Republicans want to extend the US$600 payments for one more week at most. The Republicans say that the US$600 federal payments were given as an incentive for making people stay at home rather than return to work. They are in favor of a much reduced weekly federal payment of US$200 till a system created by the US states that provide a 70% wage replacement for laid-off workers.