Breaking: Trump’s late pandemic response killed hundreds of thousands of Americans: Fmr. aide
A member of former US president Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force says the COVID-19 death toll in the United States would have been substantially lower if the Trump administration had responded more effectively.
Deborah Birx said, “The first time, we have an excuse, there were about 100,000 deaths that came from that original surge. All of the rest of them, in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially.”
According to Press TV, as of Sunday, more than 548,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 and almost 30 million infected in the United States.
Birx, Trump’s coronavirus response coordinator, said that if cities and states had “aggressively applied the lessons of the first surge” for all of 2020, then the death count could have been lower.
Birx, who has since left the government, said in a CNN interview that she received a “very uncomfortable” call from Trump after describing how widespread the virus was in an interview in August, during which she told people living in rural areas that they were not immune.
“I got called by the president,” she said. “It was very uncomfortable, very direct, and very difficult to hear.”
“Everybody in the White House was upset with that interview and the clarity that I brought about the epidemic,” Birx said.
She became sidelined in the final months of Trump’s administration, and White House briefings about the pandemic largely ceased.
Birx, however, has been labeled by Trump critics as “complicit” in any failures on the pandemic despite the fact that she has grown more critical of the former president and said she “always” considered quitting.
Birx’s comments were among a string of bombshells that emerged from the doctors who led the Trump administration’s coronavirus response in 2020, highlighting a high level of dysfunction and discord within the White House, particularly in the pandemic response.