Former President Donald Trump has accused his former COVID-19 adviser Dr. Deborah Birx of being a “proven liar” after she claimed his administration censored her messaging on the pandemic.
Trump made the remarks in a Monday statement blasting both Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top experts on his White House Coronavirus Task Force, for recent comments they had made in the media. The former president called the doctors “self-promoters” one day after interviews with them and other key figures of the Trump administration’s COVID-19 response aired on CNN, with Birx saying that the Trump White House had forced her to censor her recommendations during the pandemic.
“Dr. Birx is a proven liar with very little credibility left,” Trump said. “Many of her recommendations were viewed as ‘pseudo-science’ and Dr. Fauci would also talk negatively about her and, in fact, would ask not to be in the same room with her. The states that followed her lead, like California, had worse outcomes on Covid, and ruined the lives of countless children because they couldn’t go back to school, ruined many businesses, and an untold number of Americans who were killed by the lockdowns themselves.”
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“Dr. Birx was a terrible medical advisor, which is why I seldom followed her advice,” added Trump. “Her motto should be ‘Do as I say, not as I do.’ Who can forget when Dr. Birx gave a huge mandate to the people of our Nation to not travel, and then traveled a great distance to see her family for Thanksgiving—only to have them call the police and turn her in? She then, embarrassingly for her, resigned.”
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.