“This one act will save lives,” said Dr. Redfield.
And all four doctors contradicted the President’s claims about the tests, saying that despite Mr. Trump’s claim at the Tulsa rally that he had asked “my people” to “delay the tests” because further examination revealed more infections, making the country look bad, they did not know of such a request.
“We are proceeding exactly the opposite: we want to do more tests and of higher quality,” said Admiral Giroir, designated by the president as the “test czar.” “The only way we can understand who has the disease, who is infected and can transmit it, and to follow up with appropriate contact is to test appropriately, intelligently and with as many people as possible.”
And both Dr. Fauci and Dr. Redfield expressed concern about Mr. Trump’s decision late last month to withdraw from the World Health Organization, saying that they had long-standing relationships with WHO even when the The White House moved to punish her for her relationship with China.
Members of both political parties spent time trying to use the doctors as political pawns, in an effort to entice them to offer bites that could help or harm Mr. Trump. Dr. Fauci became irritable when Representative David B. McKinley, R-West Virginia, asked him if he believed the media had unfairly treated Trump (Dr. Fauci declined to respond) and if he regretted not advising. people who get more energetic. Previous masks in the pandemic.
“Okay, let’s play that game,” said Dr. Fauci, apparently annoyed. Mr. McKinley said it was a yes or no question.
“There is more than a yes or a no, because of the tone of your question,” replied Dr. Fauci. “I don’t regret that. Let me explain what happened. At the time, there was a shortage of equipment that our healthcare providers needed and put themselves in daily danger to care for sick people. “
Dr. Fauci brought two masks to the audience, one black that he wore for the first few hours and one red stamped with logos of the Washington Nationals baseball team, of which he told the panel that he was “an avid fanatic.”