Conway says Trump wants protesters to follow social distancing guidelines

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayChristie says he was unable to reach Trump on Jan. 6 Watchdog cites 13 Trump officials who violated Hatch Act before 2020 election Ethics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act MORE said Monday that President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE wants the state-based protests that he has encouraged against coronavirus restrictions to follow federal social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread.

“We need physical distancing of six feet, wear that face covering, that mask,” Conway said on Fox News’s “America’s Newsroom.”

Fox News’s Sandra Smith pointed out that in footage and photographs of the protests, numerous activists are visibly not abiding by those guidelines.

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Conway acknowledged the lapses but argued that governors such as Michigan’s Gretchen Whitmer (D) had “physically distanced from common sense” and said without evidence some unnamed state leaders had been “more concerned about controlling the population than protecting them.”

Trump tweeted calls last week to “liberate” Virginia, Minnesota and Michigan amid demonstrations there and defended the protests at his daily press briefing.

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Meanwhile, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThree omicron cases of COVID-19 identified in Maryland: Gov. Hogan FDA eyes rapid review for omicron vaccines, drugs: report Fauci calls out Fox News for letting host compare him to Nazi doctor: 'Astounded' MORE, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, warned Monday that such gatherings could do further harm to the economy by prolonging the time before businesses can reopen.

"Clearly this is something that is hurting from the standpoint of economics and the standpoint of things that have nothing to do with the virus, but unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery economically is not going to happen," Fauci said on "Good Morning America."

"So what you do if you jump the gun and go into a situation where you have a big spike, you’re going to set yourself back," he added. "So as painful as it is to go by the careful guidelines of gradually phasing into a reopening, it’s going to backfire. That’s the problem."