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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump praised Dr. Anthony Fauci and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, after the two collided in a congressional hearing on Friday on preventing the spread of COVID-19.
“Great work by Jim Jordan, and also some very good statements from Tony Fauci. Great progress is being made!” Trump tweeted aboard Air Force One as he traveled to Tampa, Florida, for talks on the coronavirus response and hurricane preparedness.
Trump later reweeted a post from Jordan protesting the fact that people are discouraged from going to church, work and school – issues on which he badgered Fauci during a hearing before the Select House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.
Fauci, often the subject of criticism from Trump and other Republicans, said people should avoid crowds – and keep children away from them – in order to prevent the spread of the virus that has killed more than 150,000 Americans.
At one point, Jordan asked Fauci about the security of mass protests against racism and police misconduct, and whether the government should limit or even ban those types of meetings.
Fauci didn’t bite, telling the Ohio congressman, “I don’t understand what you’re asking of me as a public health officer to decide who should be arrested. That’s not my position.”
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“Every crowd, be it a protest – every crowd of people close to each other without masks is a risk. And I will stick to that statement,” Fauci later said. “It’s a public health statement. Not a judgment.”
Fauci, who says he has a “complicated” relationship with Trump, has rarely thought to end his disagreement with the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus.
Trump blew Fauci at different points during the crisis, but the relationship seems to have warmed up in recent days. The president and top epidemic expert of the administration appeared together at an event this week at Red Cross headquarters.
Jordan, one of Trump’s most stalwart allies in Congress, was also a critic of Fauci.
At one of them at the hearing, he told the doctor: “I have not seen people during a church service go out and damage police officers or burn buildings … No limit to protests, but you can’t go to church on Sunday. “
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