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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 SchiffHouse Democrats want to silence opposing views, not 'fake news' White House defends not sanctioning Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi What good are the intelligence committees? MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday tore into President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm 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 warns of risks from single-dose strategy for Pfizer, Moderna vaccines MAGALand in Orlando CDC director warns states against lifting COVID-19 restrictions 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.