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Trump turns angry and defensive as evidence contradicts his coronavirus narrative

April 7, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump's contempt for science and disdain for experts who question his political narratives are driving his increasingly defensive and brittle management of the coronavirus pandemic.

(CNN)President Donald Trump's contempt for science and disdain for experts who question his political narratives are driving his increasingly defensive and brittle management of the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the weekend, one of Trump's economic advisers -- Peter Navarro -- clashed with Fauci over the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, the drug the President insists could save Covid-19 patients, according to people familiar with the disagreement.

In one vital area of the pandemic response, Trump is still listening to the experts.

Suspicion of science and government expertise run deep in the core of the Trump team's DNA.

US government medical experts say the therapy may have some promise but say there is little solid scientific evidence that the treatment, a favorite of conservative media commentators who have Trump's ear, is effective in treating the disease.

"There are some very strong, powerful signs" that the drug is effective in dispelling the virus from patients bodies, Trump said Sunday.

The President also took unkindly to a Department of Health and Human Services inspector general's report published Monday that found "severe" and "widespread" shortages of medical supplies, hampering the ability to test suspected coronavirus patients and to respond to the pandemic adequately and protect medical staff.

It challenges Trump's claim that the federal government's response to the pandemic has been perfect, and reinforces complaints by medical staff and state governors and city mayors who warn of a dire front line situation.

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