WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday criticized comments Dr. Anthony Fauci made during a Tuesday congressional hearing about the risks of reopening the country too soon as “not an acceptable answer.”
“I was surprised by his answer actually because, you know, to me it’s not an acceptable answer especially when it comes to schools,” Trump said during a meeting with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Colorado Gov. Jared Polis in the Cabinet Room of the White House Wednesday afternoon.
“He wants to play all sides of the equation,” Trump said of Fauci, before emphasizing his confidence that the economy would quickly rebound from the pandemic.
“I think we’re going to have a tremendous fourth quarter,” Trump said.
Trump has repeatedly contradicted his top infectious disease expert, painting an overly rosy picture of a country that he says is ready to begin to return to normal.