Trump tweets message attacking CDC, doctors as lying
He provided no evidence.
July 13, 2020, 12:47 PM
6 min read
As the novel coronavirus spreads across the country — leading to record numbers of cases and increased deaths in several states — President Donald Trump shared a message on Twitter saying doctors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are “lying.”
“The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19,” the game show host and conservative commentary Chuck Woolery wrote, in a tweet the president shared with his over 83 million followers on Twitter. “Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most ,that we are told to trust. I think it’s all about the election and keeping the economy from coming back, which is about the election. I’m sick of it.”
Trump shared the message without comment or elaboration. There is no evidence the CDC, a federal agency, or doctors are “lying.”
The president also shared a message critical of the nation’s foremost infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“So based on Dr. Fauci and the Democrats, I will need an ID card to go shopping but not to vote?” Mark Young, Woolery’s conservative podcast co-host, wrote in a tweet also shared by Trump, without comment.
The tweet was likely a reference to an interview Fauci did in April with CNN in which he said certificates of immunity were being discussed as a potential possibility. Immunity certificates or cards were being discussed at the time as a way to speed reopening, but in the months since the idea has lost prominence as scientists struggle to understand how immunity to COVID-19 works and amid lagging testing capabilities in the United States.
Over the weekend, it provided a document to several media outlets that contained a misleading list of comments made by Fauci, in an effort to damage his reputation.
Two senior level White House sources told ABC News that Fauci has at times been referred to among Trump aides as “Dr. Gloom and Doom.”
Trump, facing re-election this year, is facing broad disapproval for his management of the pandemic. In an ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday, 67% of Americans said they disapproved of his oversight of the crisis, a new low since ABC News/Ipsos began surveying on the coronavirus in March.
Fauci has had a higher approval rating than the president in national polls related to the coronavirus response.
ABC News’ Katherine Faulders and John Santucci contributed reporting.