Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, traveled and visited with family during the Thanksgiving holiday, despite urging Americans to avoid doing the same.
AP news reported that Birx traveled the day after Thanksgiving to gather with her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren at her vacation home on Fenwick Island in Delaware.
In a statement to the AP, Birx insisted that everyone on the trip was a member of her “immediate household.” However, not all of those family members live in the same home.
In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, Birx warned Americans to avoid travel and gatherings to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
While in Delaware, Birx interviewed with CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” and told anyone who had traveled for the holiday to “assume that you are exposed and you became infected” and “to get tested in the next week.”
Kathleen Flynn, a relative to Birx, told the AP that Birx’s travels had caused friction among their family.
“She cavalierly violated her own guidance,” Flynn said.
Birx is reportedly seeking a role in the Biden administration, but many are critical of her violating her own guidelines.
“To me this disqualifies her from any future government health position,” said Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security. “It’s a terrible message for someone in public health to be sending to the American people.”
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Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
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