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McEnany: ‘Fauci Is One Member Of A Team,’ and His Viewpoint is Given to President Trump

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With reports circling about President Trump and infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci’s strained relationship, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany explained the situation on “Fox and Friends” Monday morning.

Fauci represents one singular viewpoint in the entire task force, McEnany said. He is tasked with looking at matters from a public health standpoint while other members weigh the economic and social impacts of lockdowns and rules.

“The point of the task force is to be a whole of government look at what is best for this country,” McEnany said. “Dr. Fauci is one member of a team, but rest assured his viewpoint is represented and the information gets to the President through the task force.”

The Press Secretary cited Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Mental Health and Substance Use, as another member who evaluates the risks of lockdowns with issues like increased suicide and drug overdoses.

The different members have unique perspectives and should be looked at wholistically, instead of just looking at one member’s opinion on the information they have been studying.

Monday’s interview follows reports last week that the President has sidelined Fauci and not been briefed personally by him in two months. McEnany said the information Fauci provides is put before the President, through other Task Force members.

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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban

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American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.

Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”

Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.

Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”

Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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