American virus expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, criticized the White House for hosting a meeting last month linked to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus.
Dr Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said the president’s revelation of his judicial candidate was “a landmark event.”
Dozens of White House aides and other contacts were reported injured.
President Donald Trump’s doctors have just allowed him to hold public events while he himself is recovering from Covid-19.
Trump – who was discharged from hospital on Monday after three nights – plans to conduct a medical “evaluation” on Fox News on Friday night.
He is expected to host a personal event at the White House on Saturday and a rally in Sanford, Florida, on Monday.
I asked CBS News Friday what Dr. Fauci thought about the White House’s reluctance to insist on wearing the mask and social distancing as a precaution against the virus, and instead rely on regular testing.
“ The data speaks for itself – we had a superspreader event at the White House, and it was in a situation where people were crowded together and not wearing masks.
Fauci also noted that experts have recommended wearing the mask over the past six months, condemning talk of a “cure” for the coronavirus – a word Mr. Trump used in reference to the experimental Covid-19 treatments he received during his recent stay at the military hospital.
An event at the White House on Saturday 26 September to nominate the President Amy Connie Barrett as a judge on the Supreme Court is believed to be the main cause of the domestic outbreak, with many in attendance since confirming positive results.
Large gatherings are still prohibited in the nation’s capital due to Covid-19, but federal properties like the White House are exempt.
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And earlier on Friday, a White House spokeswoman said the president wanted to get back on track with his campaign this weekend.
But an administration official later said that Trump was unlikely to travel sooner because the logistics of organizing events at short notice were problematic.
On Saturday, which according to his doctors will be 10 days since his diagnosis, Mr. Trump will deliver a speech from the White House balcony to a group gathered in South Lawn.
Hundreds of people are reported to attend.
His remarks will address the topic of “law and order,” according to the White House, who adds that it is a presidential event and not an electoral one.
The announcement of Mr Trump’s first rally since he was injured has sparked concerns in Washington, as officials are still trying to contact tracing attendees from the White House event that has infected several Republican senators, Mr Trump, his wife, and several of his high-ranking White House aides.
Trump tested positive for Covid-19 last Thursday, according to his doctors, but he did not say when his last test was negative.
American media reported that as many as 34 White House aides and other people had tested positive for Covid-19 in recent days.
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