Trump calls lead virus expert's warnings 'unacceptable'

WION Web Team
Washington, United StatesUpdated: May 14, 2020, 03:29 PM IST

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The President said he was especially dissatisfied with Fauci's caution around reopening schools too quickly.

 

US President Donald Trump has called the warning about lifting pandemic restrictions too soon was of his coronavirus top health official as ''unacceptable''.

Earlier, the lead virus expert of the White House coronavirus task force, Anthony Fauci, this week about the dangers of reopening the economy and schools too quickly.

Fauci, who is also directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also warned that a premature lifting of lockdowns could lead to additional outbreaks of the deadly coronavirus, which has killed more than 84,000 people in the United States and brought the economy to its knees.

"There is a real risk that you will trigger an outbreak that you may not be able to control," he said, adding that an early reopening would not only cost lives, but could even set them back on the road to trying to get economic recovery.

Trump accused Fauci of wanting "to play all sides of the equation" in his testimony to lawmakers on Tuesday.

The President said he was especially dissatisfied with Fauci's caution around reopening schools too quickly.

However, he contradicted his statement on Wednesday and said the only thing that would be acceptable would be professors or teachers ''over a certain age'' not holding classes. ''I think they ought to take it easy for another few weeks,'' he added.