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Birx defends herself as Pelosi accuses Trump administration of spreading disinformation on Covid-19

August 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Dr. Deborah Birx on Sunday strongly defended her record amid criticism from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she doesn't have confidence in the White House coronavirus task force coordinator's handling of the pandemic.

(CNN)Dr. Deborah Birx on Sunday strongly defended her record amid criticism from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she doesn't have confidence in the White House coronavirus task force coordinator's handling of the pandemic.

On "State of the Union," Birx told CNN's Dana Bash that she has "tremendous respect" for Pelosi, but criticized a New York Times article last month that reported she had painted an optimistic view of the pandemic to the White House during a critical period in getting control of the virus.

But Pelosi doubled down Sunday morning on a comment she reportedly made behind closed doors on Thursday night accusing Birx of spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.

Politico reported Pelosi told White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin that Birx was the "worst" and that they were in "horrible hands" with her.

Asked on ABC's "This Week" whether the account was true and if she has confidence in Birx, Pelosi said, "I think the President is spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his appointee, so I don't have confidence there, no. "

Birx also told CNN on Sunday that the US has entered a "new phase" in the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the virus is "extraordinarily widespread" in urban and rural areas.

Asked by Bash if it was time to reset the federal government response to the pandemic, Birx said, "I think the federal government reset about five to six weeks ago when we saw this starting to happen across the South. " Roughly six weeks ago, however, Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the coronavirus task force, declared in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that the US is "winning the fight" and there "isn't a 'second wave. '"

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