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Democratic senator says Trump is undermining his experts: 'It's almost as if we have two different federal governments'

July 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Sen. Chris Murphy accused President Donald Trump of undermining his own experts after members of the federal coronavirus task force offered a dire forecast for national infection rates on Tuesday.

(CNN)Sen. Chris Murphy accused President Donald Trump of undermining his own experts after members of the federal coronavirus task force offered a dire forecast for national infection rates on Tuesday.

The option of reopening safely while following prevention guidelines is "why it's so impossible for us to watch the experts who testified today say all the right things, and then have the President on a daily basis undermine them," the Connecticut Democrat told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and their parent agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, are "saying keep your distance, keep things closed until it's safe to reopen, wear masks," the senator continued.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a coronavirus task force member who's the country's top infectious disease expert, told lawmakers on Capitol Hill earlier in the day that he wouldn't be surprised if the US sees new cases of coronavirus rising to 100,000 a day.

He and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield stressed the importance of wearing masks.

Fauci said that "we recommend masks for everyone" and "masks are extremely important" and Redfield singled out younger Americans in particular to deliver a message that they are not exempt from the necessity of wearing a mask.

But Trump has continued to defy health recommendations and has been reluctant to be seen wearing a mask in public.

Experts say wearing a mask or other face covering could reduce the transmission of Covid-19 by as much as 50%.

"Ultimately this will be the President's political undoing, because Americans are not going to be distracted from the issues that dominate their lives so long as the infection rate is so high," Murphy added.

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