White House bans U.S. Chief Infectionist testify to Congress
In the White House, a possible speech by Anthony Fauci to Congress in the current situation was called “counterproductive”
The White House has banned Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases, from giving evidence to the US Congress. This was reported on Friday by The Hill.
Fauci is part of a special group created by US President Donald Trump to combat the spread of coronavirus in the country. The following week, he was to testify to one of the subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee, which is studying the administration’s response to the pandemic.
“The administration informed [the Democrats] that the White House forbade Dr. Fauci to testify,” The Hill quoted the representative of the Appropriations Committee as saying.
In turn, in the White House, Fauchi’s possible address to Congress has now been called “counterproductive.”
“As long as the Trump administration continues to take a nationwide response to COVID-19 (a coronavirus-induced disease, it would be counterproductive for people participating in these efforts to appear before Congress <...> We are committed working with Congress and will offer to testify at the right time, “said White House Deputy Spokeswoman Judd Deere, quoted by The Hill.