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Wh Press Sec Mcenany Says That Trump ‘followed Science’, Works Hard In The Covid Response “behind The Scenes”

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When asked on Wednesday about President Donald Trump‘s recent lack of public comments on the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany claimed that Trump has been working “behind the scenes” and that his previous actions demonstrate that he has “followed the science” on the virus.

“He’s hard at work at this with the task force behind the scenes,” McEnany said, touted Trump’s advocation of reopening schools as proof that Trump has “followed the science”, especially as more medical experts have supported reopening schools as well.

“The President’s followed the science,” McEnany said. “He’s also kept in mind we have a constitution, and he will be unashamed and always advocating for the science in the best interest of the children of this country.”

In a Wednesday press briefing, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that President Donald Trump has always followed the science on COVID-19 and is working “behind the scenes” in response to an inquiry about his recent absence in publicly discussing the virus. In this October 10, 2020 photo, Trump takes his mask off before speaking from the South Portico of the White House.
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Medical professionals have also disagreed that Trump has always “followed the science” on COVID-19. Trump has repeatedly asserted that the virus would just disappear one day and has continually downplayed the virus’ lethality, calling it no worse than he flu, even as new cases and deaths dramatically outpaced any previous flu season, killing more Americans than have died in five modern U.S. military conflicts.

Even senior White House adviser Jared Kushner described Trump’s relationship to the medical community as adversarial.

In July, four former directors of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) accused Trump of “subverting scientific expertise” and “unnecessarily putting lives at risk.” In a Washington Post op-ed, they wrote, “No president ever politicized [the CDC’s] science the way Trump has.”

On October 26, Trump said that doctors overreport COVID-19 deaths for financial gain. However, Ashish K. Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, called Trump’s claim “Facebook junk.” Many other doctors and medical associations said doctors would face criminal charges and potentially lose their licenses if they inflated case numbers.

In early October, The New England Journal of Medicine published its first-ever editorial in the publication’s over-200-year history stating that Trump had “failed … a test of leadership” in his response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment.

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