Birx reveals a ‘very uncomfortable’ conversation with Trump in August after a public warning about the seriousness of COVID
Dr. Birx reveals ‘very uncomfortable and very difficult’ phone call with Donald Trump last summer after she publicly warned of the severity of the pandemic contrary to the administration’s reports at the time.
- Dr. Deborah Birx revealed that Donald Trump called her in August 2020 after speaking to the press about the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic
- “I got a call from the president,” Birx said of the conversation with Trump. ‘It was very uncomfortable, very direct and very difficult to hear’
- Birx announced the call in a CNN documentary that airs in full on Sunday at 9 p.m.
- At the time, Birx was part of Trump’s coroan virus response team
- Her comments were in direct counter-messages aimed at downplaying the Trump administration’s coronavirus threat
Dr. Deborah Birx revealed in a documentary airing Sunday night that she had a “ very uncomfortable ” phone call with Donald Trump in August after warning the press of the severity of the pandemic.
“It was a CNN report in August that got a terrible backlash,” Brix told CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in the documentary ‘COVID WAR: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out’.
“It was a really difficult time because everyone in the White House was angry with that interview and the clarity I had brought about the epidemic,” she continued.
‘I got a call from the president,’ Birx, who was part of Trump’s coronavirus response team at the time of the report, detailed. “It was very uncomfortable, very direct and very difficult to hear.”
Birx deviated when Gupta asked if Trump had threatened her during the conversation.
“I’d say it was a very uncomfortable conversation,” she repeated.
The new documentary will be broadcast in full on CNN on Sunday at 9 p.m.
Dr. Deborah Birx said in the clip of a CNN documentary that she had a “ very difficult and very awkward ” phone conversation with then-President Donald Trump in August 2020 after speaking to the press about the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the time, Birx was part of Trump’s coroan virus response team, and her comments were in direct counter-messages aimed at downplaying the administration’s coronavirus threat.
Birx spoke to CNN’s State of the Union host Dana Bash in August about the seriousness of the spread of COVID-19, which was in direct conflict with the Trump administration’s programming and messaging to downplay the threat of the virus .
She warned at the time that the US was entering a ‘new phase’ of the pandemic as the nation saw a higher number of cases.
“What we see today is different from March and April,” she said in the interview. ‘It is extremely widespread. It is rural as equal urban areas. ‘
Trump, on the other hand, insisted that the US had contained the virus well and pledged to end lockdowns and restrictions.
Almost from early 2020, the Trump administration had a problem with reports of the coronavirus, with warring voices within the West Wing grappling with how to deal with the federal response.
Birx said during the clip of talking to Gupta released Sunday afternoon that the number of deaths from the coronavirus should have been less and there shouldn’t have been such a big second wave.
“I look at it this way – the first time we have an excuse,” Birx said of the first wave of COVID-related deaths. “There were about a hundred thousand deaths as a result of that original wave.”
“All the others, in my mind, could have been softened or diminished significantly,” she said.