Trump insists on reopening of schools, takes dig at Fauci

Sunday, 17 May, 2020

However, five CDC officials told the Daily Beast that there is opposition within the agency to such a change to the methodology, asserting that it would falsely skew the nation's mortality rate at a time when it is imperative that state and local governments correctly report each fatality.

Trump said that he and Fauci had disagreed on things in the past.

He said it would be "a huge mistake" if the United States did not reopen schools in the autumn.

Fauci, who has publicly offered differing viewpoints from Trump on the coronavirus, told senators Tuesday that if states attempt to reopen without having the full capacity to deal with coronavirus in place, then new outbreaks could occur. "I dont consider our country coming back if the shools are closed", Trump said.

Dr Fauci warned that opening too early could allow the highly contagious and deadly virus to resume spreading and this "could even set you back on the road to trying to get economic recovery". "And it's had very little impact on young people". "I totally disagree with him on schools". Health experts agree that the country needs to increase its testing capacity before it reopens - most agree that at the low end, the country should be testing about 500,000 people every day.

The president said he was especially dissatisfied with Dr Fauci's caution around reopening schools too quickly.

Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander came to the defence of Fauci after some Republican colleagues and conservative commentators criticized his warnings about the coronavirus outbreak. Dr. Fauci cited recent cases of Kawasaki syndrome which has been affecting coronavirus-infected children in New York City. He also refuted Trump's Friday claim that the virus would simply "go away without a vaccine".

Trump added: "This is a disease that attacks age and it attacks health and if you have a heart problem, if you have diabetes, if you're a certain age, it's certainly much more unsafe". Trump has actually likewise grumbled to assistants and confidants about Fauci'& rsquo; s favorable limelights and his desire to oppose the president. At one point in early April, Trump appeared to be so fed up with reporters asking for Fauci's opinion on the untested treatment that he blocked him from answering a question during a news briefing.

During a Tuesday Senate hearing, Sen. Paul's comments, Fauci denied that he had ever "made myself out to be the end-all and only voice of this", and said that he gives advice "according to the best scientific evidence". "He gets opinions from a variety of other people, but in no way in my experience over the last several months, has there been any confrontational relationship between us".