Top US virus expert Dr Anthony Fauci has criticised the White House for hosting a gathering last month that has been linked to an outbreak of Covid-19.
Dr Fauci, a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, said the president’s unveiling of his judicial nominee was a “superspreader event”.
Dozens of White House aides and other contacts were reportedly infected.
President Donald Trump’s doctors have just cleared him to hold public events as he himself recovers from Covid-19.
Mr Trump – who was discharged from hospital on Monday after three nights – plans to hold a medical “evaluation” on Fox News on Friday night.
He is expected to host an in-person White House event on Saturday and a rally in Sanford, Florida, on Monday.
CBS News asked on Friday what Dr Fauci thought of the White House’s reluctance to insist on mask-wearing and social distancing as virus precautions, and instead rely on regular testing.
“The data speak for themselves – we had a superspreader event in the White House, and it was in a situation where people were crowded together and were not wearing masks.”
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