UPDATED 1:00 PM PT – Saturday, October 9, 2021
The former czar of coronavirus testing under President Trump defends the Trump COVID task force’s actions during the pandemic. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., media attempts to pin the blame for the crisis on Trump have been incessant. A CNN interview on Friday with the former testing czar, Brett Giroir, was no different.
In the interview, Brianna Keilar tried to use recent turncoat Stephanie Grisham’s words against the whole COVID task force. Grisham, Trump’s press secretary and first lady Melania Trump’s personal secretary before Jan. 6, said Trump didn’t care about the costs of the virus and that the administration failed because of his vanity.
.@brikeilarcnn: "Do you think your enabling cost lives [during the pandemic]?"
— New Day (@NewDay) October 5, 2021
However, Giroir disputed her assessment of how his task force handled COVID. He said he doesn’t remember Grisham being involved in any meetings about COVID at all.
“I don’t remember Stephanie Grisham ever being in the situation room, in the task force, when we debated the issues,” said Giroir. “I know that in that sit room, mostly under the vice president, Dr. Birx, Dr. Fauci, we were all focused on public health and there was no other thoughts than that.”
Wholly unsatisfied that he refused to condemn Trump like Grisham did, Keilar tried to push Giroir even harder, heavily implying that he chose to work under someone who didn’t care about the virus. Again, the Admiral denied the assertions and defended the administration’s handling of the virus.
"There was not much mask-wearing at the [Trump] White House. And … at rallies. These were things I wish would have been done," former WH testing czar Brett Giroir says.
"The President was supportive of the public health measures but yes, we could have done better," he adds. pic.twitter.com/tPSa4s3EBD
— New Day (@NewDay) October 8, 2021
“I don’t think it’s fair to say. The president was very active in the task force right up until the mid-summer and he did what the docs advised, right? Fifteen days to slow the spread. Thirty days more to slow the spread,” he said.
Despite Trump leaving the Oval Office and Joe Biden taking his place, the blame for the pandemic has still been placed squarely in Trump’s lap by Democrats and their allies in the media. Since January, over 353,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID, surpassing the total lost in 2020 during the Trump administration.