Sunday shows - Trump trade adviser knocks Obama, whistleblower, CDC

Sunday shows - Trump trade adviser knocks Obama, whistleblower, CDC
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White House trade adviser Peter Navarro appeared on multiple Sunday morning political talk shows, taking shots at former President Obama, whistleblower Richard Bright and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Several governors also discussed reopening efforts in their states amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Read The Hill's complete coverage below.

White House trade adviser: 'I'm glad Mr. Obama has a new job as Joe Biden's press secretary'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday that he was “glad Mr. Obama has a new job as Joe BidenJoe BidenCDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden urges local governments to stave off evictions MORE’s press secretary.” 

The comment came after ABC's George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Jan. 6 probe, infrastructure to dominate week Sunday shows - Jan. 6 investigation dominates Senate Republican 'not happy' with Pelosi plan to delay infrastructure vote MORE asked Navarro to respond to the former president saying during a commencement address that things are “screwed up” because leaders are doing “what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy.”
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Navarro says whistleblower 'deserted' in an 'American tragedy'
By JUSTINE COLEMAN
 
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday that whistleblower Richard Bright “deserted” the U.S. in an “American tragedy” when he authored a report criticizing the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Navarro: CDC 'really let the country down with the testing'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Sunday faulted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on its handling of coronavirus testing, saying the CDC “really let the country down.”
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HHS secretary on people not following social distancing: 'That's part of the freedom we have'
By REBECCA KLAR
 
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Sunday that reports of people crowding in bars across the country as some states lift restrictions is “part of the freedom” Americans have.
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Azar points to 'unhealthy comorbidities' when asked about high coronavirus death rate in US
By REBECCA KLAR
 
“Every death is a tragedy, [but the] results could have been vastly, vastly worse,” Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said, adding that “to our knowledge” nobody in the U.S. has died because they didn’t have access to a ventilator or a bed in an intensive care unit.
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Trump economist: 'Worst economic news is starting to get behind us'
By TAL AXELROD
 
Stephen MooreStephen MooreWant to improve vaccine rates? Ask for this endorsement IRS controversies of the present, past haunt lawmaker talks Conservatives say bipartisan infrastructure deal shouldn't include IRS funding MORE, a member of the White House coronavirus economic task force, said he thinks the “worst economic news” has passed and urged Democratic governors and mayors to expedite the reopening of their respective states and cities amid the pandemic.
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Former CDC head: 'I don't think you can be too alarmist about what this virus can do'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Thomas Frieden said Sunday that he did not think it is possible to be “too alarmist about what [coronavirus] can do.”
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Public health expert: Vaccine possible this year 'if everything goes in the right direction'
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
The director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security said Sunday that Americans should not “bank" on a coronavirus vaccine by year’s end, but said it is a possibility in a best-case scenario.
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Ohio governor 'absolutely' concerned about crowded bars as state lifts restrictions
By REBECCA KLAR
 
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said Sunday he is “absolutely” concerned about pictures of crowded bars as his state begins lifting coronavirus restrictions, but he said officials are working with the attorney general to help keep businesses in check.
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Colorado governor predicts mix of online, in-person schooling in fall
By ZACK BUDRYK
 
Colorado Gov. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisFormer Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm dead at 85 Colorado legislature approves measure to ban styrofoam, add fee to single use products Colorado to offer ,000 scholarships for young people to get vaccinated MORE (D), who recently announced schools in the state will resume in the fall, said on Sunday that classes would likely be a “hybrid” of in-person and online learning.
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Newsom says federal government has 'ethical obligation' to send states funding amid coronavirus pandemic
By REBECCA KLAR
 
California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomBiden rolls dice by getting more aggressive on vaccines California Democrats warn of low turnout in recall election Western governors ask Biden for aid on wildfires MORE (D) on Sunday said approving coronavirus relief funding for state and local governments is “not charity” and that his state is facing budgetary concerns as a “direct result” of the crisis. 
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Sanders says coronavirus relief bill should include paycheck guarantee
By JUSTINE COLEMAN 
 
Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersAngst grips America's most liberal city Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Democrats say they have the votes to advance .5T budget measure MORE (I-Vt.) said Sunday that the latest coronavirus relief bill should include guarantees that workers will continue to receive their paychecks and benefits.
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