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Schiff: If Trump wanted more infections 'would he be doing anything different?'

Schiff: If Trump wanted more infections 'would he be doing anything different?'
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffMedia and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk Top cybersecurity official ousted by Trump Devin Nunes fends off Democratic opponent in California MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE’s handling of the coronavirus, warning that a rally he plans to hold at the White House on Saturday runs the risk of spreading the illness. 

“Donald Trump held a super-spreader event at the White House. Now he wants to hold another big rally there, and still refuses to wear a mask. I don’t think Donald Trump wants even more Americans to be infected with COVID-19. But if he did, would he be doing anything different?” Schiff, a prominent Trump critic, tweeted.

 

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The tweet comes as Democrats assail Trump for his handling of the pandemic, noting his frequent flouting of mask and social distancing guidelines at his White House events and campaign rallies.

Trump, the first lady and several aides, campaign officials and outside advisers have contracted the coronavirus. Many of the individuals who have tested positive attended a Sept. 26 event at the White House where Trump announced the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The event was held outside, but many people in the crowded audience did not wear masks.

"Well, I think the data speak for themselves. We had a superspreader event in the White House, and it was in a situation where people were crowded together and were not wearing masks," Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci urges Americans to conduct 'risk-benefit assessment' before holiday travel Sunday shows - Virus surge dominates ahead of fraught Thanksgiving holiday Fauci: 'We're in a very difficult situation at all levels' but 'help is on the way' MORE, the government's top infectious diseases expert, said Friday.

The Saturday event, which the White House said will focus on “law and order,” has come under particularly intense scrutiny given Trump’s own COVID-19 diagnosis. The White House has declined to say when Trump’s last negative test was, and he could still be contagious.

However, Trump's doctor, Sean Conley, on Thursday issued a memo saying he would be cleared to begin events on Saturday.