Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned this week of the dangers of a quick restart in the economy and schools, but U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he could not accept such a warning. In testimony to Congress on Tuesday, Mr. Trump criticized Top Infectious Disease expert Mr. Fauci for warning that the premature reopening of the economy and schools could lead to a surge in new crown cases, Bloomberg reported.
“Actually, I was surprised by his answer,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday. “Because you know, it’s not an acceptable answer for me, especially when it comes to reopening schools. “
Mr. Fauci said Tuesday that there is no vaccine or widespread and effective treatment for the new coronavirus before the start of the fall semester, adding that the U.S. needs to be careful not to assume that children are completely immune to the virus.” While children are much better off with the new coronavirus than adults, some of them develop very strange inflammatory syndromes, Fauci said.
He also warned that “if states reopen before they meet the government-set standards, my concern is that we will start to see an increase in cases, and then there may be a major outbreak.” “
Mr. Trump said Wednesday that the only acceptable is for “over-age” professors or teachers not to attend classes. “I think they should take another few weeks off,” Trump added.
Mr. Trump’s public criticism of Mr. Fauci’s testimony underscores his apparent differences with the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. As unemployment continues to rise, Mr. Trump is pushing for a faster restart of the U.S. economy.
Mr. Trump has previously made economic strength a central proposition in his November re-election campaign, encouraging states to restart businesses and schools closed because of the outbreak. Mr. Fauci, 79, is a supporter of the blockade and has been the target of criticism from the American far right and online conspiracy theorists since he expressed his views on the outbreak.
The three major U.S. stock indexes have fallen for two straight sessions after Mr. Fuchs warned on Tuesday about the risks of restarting the economy.
In addition to Mr. Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday offered an update on the restart of the economy. Mnuchin said the economy would slowly restart, but warned that the blockade could be severely damaged for too long. “We will slowly open up the economy,” Mnuchin said in an interview with FOX News.
Mnuchin said the delay in opening up could have a serious impact on the economy. Mnuchin expects the second quarter to be “pretty bad”, but if the economy restarts safely, the next few quarters will be better and next year “hopefully back to a good economy.”