House Republicans rip into Fauci for border conditions, lost freedoms

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House Republicans complained to Dr. Anthony Fauci for not letting Americans eat in restaurants, while accusing COVID-positive migrants being released into the country – and people’s freedoms being lost.

Fauci was reprimanded by Representatives Steve Scalise and Jim Jordan while testifying before the House Select subcommittee on the Coronavirus crisis along with Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rochelle Walensky on Thursday.

“We had 15 days to slow the spread and turned into a year of lost freedom,” Jordan said. “What statistics, what measures, what must happen before Americans regain their freedoms?”

Dr. Anthony Fauci Received Complaints From House Republicans About Tight Conditions At The Southern Border And Americans Losing Their 'Freedoms' Due To COVID-19 Rules

Dr. Anthony Fauci Received Complaints From House Republicans About Tight Conditions At The Southern Border And Americans Losing Their ‘Freedoms’ Due To COVID-19 Rules

House Republican No. 2, Rep.  Steve Scalise (pictured), held up photos of tight boundary conditions and asked Dr.  Anthony Fauci why migrants did not obey the rules that Americans had to follow

House Republican No. 2, Rep. Steve Scalise (pictured), held up photos of tight border conditions and asked Dr. Anthony Fauci why migrants were not following the rules Americans had to follow

Then Representative Jim Jordan came up against Dr.  Anthony Fauci in for Americans who lost their 'First Amendment freedoms' during the pandemic and asked when those freedoms could be restored amid rising COVID cases

Then Representative Jim Jordan came up against Dr. Anthony Fauci in for Americans who lost their ‘First Amendment freedoms’ during the pandemic and asked when those freedoms could be restored amid rising COVID cases

Scalise held up photos of overcrowded border facilities and accused the US government of operating with a double standard.

“COVID-positive migrants are released into the country, and that’s allowed – but a vaccinated person can’t go to a restaurant?” Scalise said. “Children packed in overcrowded, poorly ventilated cells six inches, not six feet apart, twenty hours a day or more – but we can’t open schools to learn in person?”

Fauci answered Scalise’s questions more subtly, while suppressing Jordan’s claims.

“Undoubtedly, it is a very difficult situation at the border,” Fauci told Scalise. “ I mean, of course, anyone would like to resolve that situation, I know it’s a very difficult situation, ” he added after the Louisiana Republican asked if migrants in custody should follow COVID-19 social distance protocols .

When asked when Americans would restore their “freedoms,” Fauci explained that infection levels in the country should get much lower.

‘You indicate freedom and freedom. I see it as a public health measure to prevent people from dying and going to hospital, ”Fauci also said. “I don’t see this as something of freedom, Congressman Jordan, I see this as something for public health.”

Fauci’s response enraged Jordan, who ticked off First Amendment freedoms he believed Americans were losing because of the COVID-19 rules.

Jordan also raised the border, pointing out how the Biden administration violated press freedom by not allowing journalists into the overcrowded facilities Scalise had brought photos of.

‘Guess! The press is not allowed in those facilities, ”Jordan said.

Fauci used a different tactic and said to Jordan, “I think you’re making this something personal and it’s not.”

“You are, that’s exactly what you do,” Fauci said.

“My recommendations are not a personal recommendation, they are based on the CDC guidelines, which are underlined …” Fauci continued, before being interrupted by Jordan.

Jordan demanded, again, to know “what steps must be taken before Americans regain their First Amendment freedoms.”

“I just told you that,” said Fauci.

“No, you didn’t give anything specific,” Jordan retorted.

“ Right now we have about 60,000 infections a day which is a very big risk for a wave, we’re not talking about freedoms, we’re talking about a pandemic that killed 560,000 Americans, that’s what we’re talking about, ” Fauci replied .

Jordan pointed out that businesses were closing and people could not attend church and kept pushing Fauci for a number.

“If 90 percent of congressmen are vaccinated,” added the chairman of the committee, Rep. Jim Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat, hit the gavel to tell Jordan his time was up.