“It’s ‘pretty obvious’ the US is not ‘going in the right direction’…”
CBS host Margaret Brennan revealed this morning that President Donald Trump’s administration has refused to allow Dr. Anthony Fauci, the federal government’s top infectious disease expert, to appear on the network for the last three months.
Brennan, a senior foreign affairs correspondent made the remarks during the popular Sunday morning program Face the Nation where she serves as the moderator.
“It may be the most sobering morning after the Forth of July in America’s history,” Brennan said, noting that there had been more than 50,000 new COVID-19 cases per day in the United States for the past four days.
“We’re committed to bringing you facts about the virus,” she added, “and the most knowledgeable guests that we can.”
Brennan continued: “We think that it’s important for our viewers to hear from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control but we have not been able to get our request for Dr. Fauci approved by the Trump administration in the last three months.
And the CDC, not at all.”
In an interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association Dr. Fauci was quoted as saying “It’s ‘pretty obvious’ the US is not ‘going in the right direction’ to control the spread of coronavirus”
The odds of Dr. Fauci getting in front of another major network’s televised audience anytime soon probably became even less likely now after the recent senate hearing where Dr. Fauci reeled off statistics of new coronavirus cases surging across several southern and southwest states with more than forty thousand a day, adding that he would not be surprised if the number of new cases reached a hundred thousand a day, responding to a question from senator Elizabeth Warren.
At one point in the hearing, Senator Rand Paul, of Kentucky launched into a diatribe about how people who listened to “experts” are acting like “sheep.”
That seems to be the narrative President Trump and his administration are looking to push now.
In spite of recent polls showing a majority of Americans now wearing masks when out in public and Trump’s own Surgeon General recently urging for all Americans to wear face masks, the president along with a few close supporters in congress appear to have locked arms with the anti-Mask movement.
Trump and his campaign clearly believe that his path to reelection requires limiting the discussion of scientific data surrounding the coronavirus virus as well as any visual reminders that we are still in the middle of a pandemic.
That plan certainly has not worked out for the president and his administration either as health policy or political strategy in recent months. Does Trump actually believe it will work now in the face of daily records of new cases of coronavirus?
With his core political base of support, perhaps.
However as these new spikes in cases are beginning to translate into rising numbers of hospitalizations in some states where they find themselves struggling to find enough hospital beds, expect to see the numbers of related deaths from coronavirus begin to rise as well in the next week or so.
We’ll find out quite soon how long America will continue to stomach this viral shell game Trump remains insistent we all play – maybe the plan is to have Stephen Miller manage the pandemic too…