Dr. Anthony Fawcett, the top virus expert in the United States, has criticized the White House for hosting a conference on the outbreak of Covid-19.
Dr. Fawcett, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said it was a “superspreader event” for the president not to nominate his judicial nominee.
Dozens of White House aides and other acquaintances have been reported infected.
President Donald Trump’s doctors have cleared him for a public ceremony because he has just recovered from Covid-19.
Mr Trump – who was released from the hospital after three nights on Monday – is planning a medical “assessment” on Fox News on Friday night.
He is expected to hold a White House event on Saturday and a rally in Sanford, Florida on Monday.
CBS News on Friday asked Dr. Fawcett what he thinks about the reluctance of the White House to wear a mask and emphasize social distance as a virus precaution, and instead rely on regular testing.
“The facts speak for themselves – we had a superspreader incident at the White House and it was a situation where people crowded together and were not wearing masks.”
Dr. Fawcett further noted that experts have been advising people to wear masks for the past six months, and have condemned talk of a “cure” for the coronavirus – Mr Trump has used in the context of experimental Covid-19 treatments during his recent stay. Military hospital.
An event to nominate Amy Connie Barrett as a Supreme Court judge for the presidency at the White House on Saturday, September 2, is seen as the root of the localized epidemic, as many attendees have tested positive.
Large gatherings are still banned in the country’s capital because of Covid-19, but federal property is not exempt like the White House.
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Earlier Friday, a White House spokesman said the president wanted to return to campaigning this weekend.
But an administration official later said Mr. Trump was unlikely to travel so soon because the briefing was problematic.
On Saturday, which according to his doctors will be 10 days of his diagnosis, Mr. Trump will address a group gathered on the South Lawn from the White House porch.
Hundreds of people are expected to attend.
His remarks will be on the subject of “law and order,” according to the White House, which added that it is more of a presidential event than a campaign event.
The announcement of Mr. Trump’s first public rally since his inauguration has raised fears in Washington, where officials are still trying to contact attendees from a White House event that infected several Republican senators, Mr. Trump and his wife, and several high-ranking White House colleagues. .
Mr Trump tested positive for Covid-19 last Thursday, according to his doctors, but never said he had his last negative test.
In recent days, about 34 White House aides and other communicators have tested positive for Covid-19, according to US media reports.
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