Calling Virus Experts a “Disaster”, the Clash of Trump vs Scientists Heats Up

KOMPAS.com – President of the United States Donald Trump, Monday (19/10/2020), called the expert corona virus Anthony Fauci as a disaster.

The remarks came when he conveyed his frustration with Fauci during a phone call to convince campaign staff that he could win the election AS.

Trump and Fauci’s dispute regarding the handling of the corona virus in the US has been going on for a long time and has an impact on Trump’s electability decline.

Fauci is one of the most admired scientists in the US who continues to urge the government to take the Covid-19 pandemic seriously.

On the other hand, Trump claims that the worst conditions in the US have passed.

“Fauci is a disaster. If I listen to him, we will have 500,000 deaths,” Trump said during the phone call Reuters, Monday (19/10/2020).

Also read: Cornell University study: US President Donald Trump is Biggest Driver of Covid-19 Misinformation

Trump’s conference call is aimed at strengthening the national campaign team amid a series of stories that show his campaign is in chaos.

With 15 days to go, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is leading national polls and dominating in many states.

In fact, for the first time in history, magazines Nature express his support directly for Biden.

In his article which aired on Wednesday (14/10/2020), Nature asserted that he would not stand by and let science be undermined

Biden is said to be the nation’s best hope to begin repairing the damage to science and truth based on his policies and leadership records while serving as a former vice president and senator.

“Joe Biden’s belief in truth, evidence, science, and democracy made him the only choice in the US election,” he wrote. Nature.

According to them, no US president in history has continued to attack and destroy so many valuable institutions, such as science, media, courts, and the judiciary.

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Nature sees a contradiction in Trump’s claims of ‘America First’, but in practice he puts himself first.

“His government has clashed with long-standing allies of the country, abandoning agreements, scientific organizations and important international environments, especially the 2015 Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal, the UN UNESCO Agency for Science and Education, even the WHO. Nature.

Regarding the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, Nature said Trump chose not to develop a comprehensive national strategy by increasing testing and contact tracing in the early days of the pandemic.

Instead, he publicly flouted science-based health guidelines set by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for mask use and social distancing.

The CDC later rewrote the guidelines when the message didn’t align with its agenda.

“Trump has lied about the dangers posed by the virus and encouraged people to protest against policies meant to slow down its transmission,” wrote Nature.

“The result is an underestimation of the greatest crisis facing the country and the world in at least half a century,” he continued.

Also read: White House Claims and Information Regarding US President Donald Trump

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