House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has hurled insults at the White House top CCP Virus response adviser Dr. Deborah Birx, stating she has “no confidence” in Birx and accuses her of aiding President Trump in “spreading disinformation about the virus.”
Pelosi reportedly spoke at a closed meeting on Thursday night, July 30, and told Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, “Deborah Birx is the worst. Wow, what horrible hands you’re in.”
At that same meeting, Pelosi heaped praise on Dr.Fauci, who, she said, “came to his senses, and is now a hero.”
Pelosi told ABC News’s Martha Raddatz on Sunday, Aug. 2, “I think the president is spending—spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his—she is his appointee,” referring to Birx. “So, I don’t have confidence there, no.”
“I think the president is spreading disinformation about the virus and she’s his appointee. So I don’t have confidence there, no.” — Pelosi says she doesn’t have confidence in Dr. Birx pic.twitter.com/EyPV3MhyIN
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 2, 2020
Pelosi’s remarks drew condemnation from the White House. “It is deeply irresponsible of Speaker Pelosi to repeatedly try to undermine & create public distrust in Dr. Birx, the top public health professional on the coronavirus task force,” Alyssa Farah, the White House’s director of strategic communications, tweeted after the interview. “It’s also just wrong. Period. Hard stop.”
It is deeply irresponsible of Speaker Pelosi to repeatedly try to undermine & create public distrust in Dr Birx, the top public health professional on the coronavirus task force. It’s also just wrong. Period. Hard stop.
— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) August 2, 2020
Birx was a colonel in the Army and in the 1980s began a career as an immunologist at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, also training as a fellow in Dr. Fauci’s lab. In 2014 under the Obama administration she was in charge of addressing the global AIDS epidemic.
Democrats have turned against Birx after an article printed in the New York Times in late March, where she praised President Trump for his pandemic response.
Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Birx said she has “tremendous respect for the speaker.” She criticized the Times for the article that voiced her opinions on the pandemic, voicing her opinion that was optimistic about the control of the virus.
Birx said, “The day that they are talking about that I was—quote —’pollyannish,’ I said there was ‘improvement in the New York metro, but ongoing cases in Boston and Chicago, a new outbreak in Houston and full logarithmic spread, and new concerning outbreaks in Baltimore, New Haven, and Washington, D.C.’”
Birx continued, “This was not a pollyannish view, I’ve never been called pollyannish, or nonscientific, or non-data driven. I will stake my 40-year career on those fundamental principles of using data to implement better programs and save lives.”
Great response from Dr. Birx about Pelosi’s baseless attacks. Pelosi could learn a thing or two from this.
“I have never been called… nonscientific or nondata driven & I will stake my 40-year career on… utilizing data to really implement better programs to save more lives.” pic.twitter.com/efluWAeA8E
— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) August 2, 2020
Birx commented that it is regretful the Times did not consult her on her opinions before printing the article.