Surgeon General defends Fauci, Birx missing White House briefings
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Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Tuesday the administration’s coronavirus task force “can’t win,” with media criticism of which members attend the now-regular White House briefings. 

He noted that journalists have pointed out that too many members of the task force are at the podium at once — thus not practicing social distancing — while also drawing conclusions when certain members don't attend each briefing. 

“And it’s funny, because we can’t win,” Adams said to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. “When one of us is missing, the media asks where is Dr. Fauci, where is Dr. Adams, where is Dr. Birx. But when we’re all up there together, everyone says we’re not modeling good behavior.”

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He addressed concerns as to why National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx rarely both attended the briefings. 

This comes as reports surface of growing tensions between Trump and public health officials such as Fauci and Birx.

It’s important for people to know that the White House checks all of us for symptoms and for temperature before we come in. And we are doctors,” he said. “We will definitely, as Ambassador Birx did this weekend, stay at home if we at all feel that there is a concern.”