Trump To Replace US Health Inspector General Who Criticised COVID-19 Response

Trump To Replace US Health Inspector General Who Criticised COVID-19 Response

Trump To Replace US Health Inspector General Who Criticised COVID-19 Response

President Donald Trump speaks during a Fox News virtual town hall from the Lincoln Memorial, Sunday, May 3, 2020, in Washington, co-moderated by FOX News anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. Trump said that while he thought common ground could be found with Democrats over an infrastructure package, "we're not doing anything unless we get a payroll tax cut".

He added that several pharmaceutical companies are "close" to developing the vaccine, naming Johnson & Johnson in particular.

There are 70 coronavirus vaccines in development across the globe with three being tested in human trials, the World Health Organization said last month. "We wanted to go in, they didn't want us to go", he said. The Trump administration's project, reportedly called "Operation Warp Speed", intends to drastically shorten the time needed to develop a vaccine while also maintaining a production line that will make enough doses for all Americans that need it by the end of the year.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a key member of the White House's coronavirus task force, last week said the US could have a viable coronavirus vaccine by January.

President Trump responds to a question during Fox News' virtual town hall about why he did not act sooner to prepare for the pandemic.

Trump pronounced that he had "done more than any president in the history our country in the first three years".

"Personally, I think they made a awful mistake, and they didn't want to admit it". I really don't care.

Asked about another country possibly beating the U.S. in developing immunization, Trump said: "I don't care", adding that he just wants a vaccine.

Trump acknowledged Sunday that his vaccine timeline may go beyond what his own experts have advised, but insisted on his optimistic timeline. "I think that is doable if things fall in the right place".

"There is more help coming and we have to do more on that aspect, it is very bipartisan".

Further complicating the vaccine push, the Trump administration's agency in charge of vaccine development has seen turmoil in recent weeks, with the ousted director claiming he was pushed out for raising concerns about the president's embrace of unproven drugs.

Pointing to the statue of Abraham Lincoln, Trump recalled that he also got bad press.

"I'm not blaming you, that's your job, but you're taking my cards away because I don't want to be talking this way".

'I think I like that question, ' he said, thanking Perkins for her prayers.

"We can't stay closed as a country, we're not going to have a country left", he said on the show, where two moderators, as well as ordinary citizens via video, put questions to him in front of the monument.

President Trump was asked by a supporter Sunday night why he didn't comport himself in a more professional fashion when having his back and forths with the press. They don't want to see a good result. "People aren't dying from it. And that's very sad".

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