Testing Czar Brett Giroir Breaks with Trump on Mask-Wearing

Trump, Brett Giroir, masks, coronavirus task force

President Trump continues to disagree with his own administration’s experts on how to handle the coronavirus outbreak. His newest break is with coronavirus testing czar, Admiral Brett Giroir.

Last week Trump retweeted former game show host Chuck Woolery, who wrote: “Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most, that we are told to trust.”  Woolery’s twitter account has since disappeared

Giroir, who is the assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, responded, stating, “Look, we may occasionally make mistakes based on the information we have, but none of us lie. We are completely transparent with the American people. My experience on the task force is the vice president and everyone there has been completely transparent. We let the American people know what we know.” 

He later added: “That’s my job as a public servant. We take that as a sacred oath–to be honest and let the American people know what’s going on.”

Trump and Giroir disagree on mask-wearing

Trump also claimed that wearing a mask is a “double-edged sword.”  He stated, “People touch them. And they grab them and I see it all the time. They come in, they take the mask. Now they’re holding it now in their fingers. And they drop it on the desk and then they touch their eye and they touch their nose. No, I think a mask is a — it’s a double-edged sword.” 

Giroir came back saying that “there is no downside to wearing a mask.” He said, “It’s really essential to wear masks and for this to work we have to have like 90 percent of people wearing a mask in public in the hotspot areas. If we don’t have that we will not get control of the virus.” 

After his aides pleaded with him to wear a mask in public to set a better example for the people, Trump finally wore a mask in public while visiting the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday.

Trump and Giroir have also split on the CDC’s guidelines for reopening schools, Giroir saying the guidelines are “right on target” and “pretty strong.” While Trump tweeted that they were “very tough” and “expensive.”  Trump even threatened to cut funding to schools that don’t reopen. 

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