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President Trump says media wants America ‘closed as long as possible’ because it serves their agenda

Dr. Birx made a point of debunking some of the more alarming claims made in the mainstream media, specifically calling out MSNBC’s Chris Hayes for saying coronavirus could kill one percent of the U.S. population, or some 3.3 million people.

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President Donald Trump took direct aim at the Left-favoring media on Wednesday, calling them “the dominant force” that wants to keep America “closed as long as possible” because they care about politics more than people.

President Trump made his comments on the same day Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, criticized exaggerated reporting on the potential fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think the numbers that have been put out there are actually very frightening to people,” Dr. Birx said on Wednesday during a press conference. “But I can tell you if you go back and look at Wuhan and Hubei and all of these provinces, when they talk about 60,000 people being infected, even if you said, alright, well there’s asymptomatics and all of that, so you get to 600,000 people out of 80 million. That is nowhere close to the numbers that you see people putting out there.”

Dr. Birx added, “I think it has frightened the American people.”

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Along the same lines, Trump, who has said that he would like to reopen the economy sooner rather than later, tweeted, “The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success. The real people want to get back to work ASAP. We will be stronger than ever before!”

Dr. Birx made a point of debunking some of the more alarming claims made in the mainstream media, specifically calling out MSNBC’s Chris Hayes for saying coronavirus could kill one percent of the U.S. population, or some 3.3 million people.

Birx said, “When you got to those projections that said like in Germany and others that implied that 60% or 50% of the population would get infected, I want to be very clear, the only way that happens, is that this virus remains continuously moving through populations in this cycle, in the fall cycle and another cycle.

“That’s through three cycles with nothing being done,” said Birx. “We are dealing with cycle ‘A’ right now, not one that could come in the Fall of 2020 and that we’re getting prepared for by the innovations that are being worked on, and not 2021 [cycle].”

“We’re really dealing with the here and now while we are planning for the future,” she continued. “And I think the numbers that have been put out there are actually very frightening to people.”

“I think on a model you just run full out, you can get to those numbers if you have zero controls and you do nothing,” Dr. Birx said later. “And we know that every American is doing something and so I think what our job right now is, is to carefully detail on a hospital by hospital, state by state, county by county to outline what the infrastructure needs are and ensure that we are meeting them, both from the stockpile and from the generosity and movement of the American people.”

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While Trump has gone after his critics as usual, he’s spent most of his time being positive.

The president tweeted on Wednesday, “Just reported that the United States has done far more ‘testing’ than any other nation, by far! In fact, over an eight day span, the United States now does more testing than what South Korea (which has been a very successful tester) does over an eight week span. Great job!”

More positivity like this and less fear-mongering, please. I’m sure President Trump and Dr. Birx would agree.

This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

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