Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s top epidemiologists who’s a member of the President’s COVID-19 task force, has been in a tense battle with the Trump Campaign over a recent advertisement featuring what appeared to be his past praise of President Trump’s response to the virus. However, Dr. Fauci argues that his comments were “taken out of context” and is asking that the commercial be taken down.
President Trump responded to Fauci Tuesday on Twitter, saying his “pitching arm is far more accurate than his prognostications.” The President was referring to Dr. Fauci’s early advisory for a nationwide lockdown to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but also maybe his less than perfect first pitch at the opening baseball game of the Major League Baseball season.
At least when it comes to lockdowns, the World Health Organization, which also initially advocated for such a response, has recently reversed its early advisory saying it shouldn’t be a country’s main prescription to COVID-19, adding that the damage of shutting down may be even more devastating to world economies.
“WHO no longer likes lockdowns-just came out against,” Trump added in his Tuesday tweet. “Trump was right. We saved 2,000,000 USA lives!!!”
Dr. Fauci on Monday night told CNN’s Jake Tapper that the commercial should be taken down, calling the ad “dissapointing.”
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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered U.S. warships to remain in the Mediterranean Sea as tensions grow between Ukraine and Russia, according to a new report from The Hill.
“Austin directed the USS Harry Truman carrier strike group to remain in European Command’s area of operations instead of transiting to Central Command’s area of operations — which includes Northeast Africa across the Middle East to South Asia,” The Hill reported.
The change “reflects the need for a persistent presence in Europe and is necessary to reassure our allies and partners of our commitment to collective defense,” the official told the outlet.
Russia claims it does not intend to invade Ukraine, however, earlier this month, Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded the U.S. and its European allies prevent Ukraine from joining NATO as Russia has massed an estimated 175,000 troops near the Ukrainian border in apparent preparation for an invasion.
U.S. and Russian officials are set to meet on January 10 for negotiations, and on January 12 there will be a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council.
“The Truman strike group left Naval Station Norfolk, Va., and Mayport, Fla., on Dec. 1 for a regularly scheduled deployment and has been in the Mediterranean Sea. Last week, the group conducted multiple tactical operations and exercises with the Tunisian Navy,” The Hill reported. “The group includes the flagship USS Harry Truman aircraft carrier, as well as the cruiser USS San Jacinto and the guided-missile destroyers USS Bainbridge, USS Cole, USS Gravely, and USS Jason Dunham.”
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