Trump calls Fauci remarks on risks to reopening schools, economy unacceptable
May 14 at 6:23 a.m.
"To me it's not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools," Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about Fauci's warnings to senators on Tuesday about the risks of reopening the schools and economy too soon.
Fauci, who directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also warned that a premature lifting of lockdowns could lead to additional outbreaks of the deadly coronavirus,
Trump, in contrast, said on Wednesday the only thing that would be acceptable would be professors or teachers "over a certain age" not holding classes. "I think they ought to take it easy for another few weeks," he added.
The president, who previously made the strength of the economy central to his pitch for re-election in November, has encouraged states to reopen businesses and schools that were shuttered to halt the spread of the highly contagious respiratory disease.
Fauci, 79, a proponent of the lockdowns, has become a target for criticism from the American far right and online conspiracy theorists since he made statements about the outbreak that were at odds with Trump's.
In April, Trump retweeted a call to fire Fauci, after the doctor said lives could have been saved if the country had shut down sooner, spurring speculation his days in the administration could be numbered.
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Published: May 15 at 6 a.m.
Dit was half mei toen duidelijk begon te worden dat de situatie in New York zich stabiliseerde en duidelijk minder besmettingen geteld werden.
En een paar weken voordat duidelijk werd dat in alle andere Staten het aantal besmettingen zouden exploderen.
Of Trump door Fauci de afgrond in te trappen, ook zich zelf de strop heeft omgedaan moet nog blijken, maar het lijkt er alles op.
"Quand Dieu se tait, on peut lui faire dire ce que l'on veut." - Sartre.
"Als God zwijgt kun je hem laten zeggen wat je wil."