After lashing out at Dr. Deborah Birx, President Trump on Monday came to the top health official’s defense.
“She’s a person I have a lot of respect for,” Trump said. However, earlier Monday, Trump called a dire warning from Birx on the coronavirus pandemic “pathetic.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has ramped up her criticism of Birx in recent days, accusing her of enabling Trump’s more outlandish theories on COVID-19.
Trump hit back at Pelosi during Monday’s briefing, saying that the House speaker has treated Birx “very badly.”
Trump says he has a lot of "respect" for Dr. Deborah Birx after he lashed out at her on Twitter earlier Monday pic.twitter.com/5RNj6ZXIAj
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