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Sunday shows: Health officials push back on Trump's 'exaggerated' COVID death toll claim

Public health experts took to the Sunday political news shows to refute claims made by President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos MORE that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was inflating the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 on the same day the U.S. death toll reached the grim milestone of more than 350,000.

Also on Sunday, lawmakers anticipated challenging the Electoral College vote count for president to be certified by Congress this week. Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCourt fines baker 0 for refusing to make gender transition cake Overnight Defense: Top admiral shoots back at criticism of 'woke' military | Military guns go missing | New White House strategy to battle domestic extremism Top admiral shoots back at criticism of 'woke' military: 'We are not weak' MORE, one of 11 GOP senators who plan to contest the count, called for people who accused him of sedition to "calm down" while NBC's Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddOvernight Health Care: US to donate 500 million Pfizer doses to other countries: reports | GOP's attacks on Fauci at center of pandemic message | Federal appeals court blocks Missouri abortion ban Fauci on Blackburn video: 'No idea what she is talking about' Fauci: Attacks on me are really also 'attacks on science' MORE called Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold Johnson14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Senate passes bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday Jon Stewart: Coronavirus 'more than likely caused by science' MORE an "arsonist" for joining the effort.

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Fauci pushes back on Trump on COVID-19 'exaggerated' remarks: 'The deaths are real deaths'
BY ZACK BUDRYK
 
Anthony FauciAnthony FauciNevada man present at Capitol insurrection announces gubernatorial bid Overnight Health Care: US surpasses 600K COVID-19 deaths | Federal watchdog to examine NIH grants, likely including Wuhan funding CDC labels highly transmissible delta strain a COVID-19 'variant of concern' MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, pushed back on claims by President Trump Sunday that the federal government has exaggerated the COVID-19 death toll.
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Surgeon General says 'no reason to doubt' COVID death toll number
BY JOHN BOWDEN
 
The U.S. Surgeon General pushed back against President Trump's claims about the COVID-19 death toll being artificially inflated during an interview Sunday.
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Fauci says he didn't expect such a high US death toll from COVID-19
BY ZACK BUDRYK
 
Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said Sunday he did not expect the death toll from the coronavirus to be so high in the U.S.
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Surgeon General says rate of vaccine rollout is increasing
BY JOHN BOWDEN 
 
Surgeon General Jerome AdamsJerome AdamsIndiana county ends needle exchange program credited with containing an HIV outbreak Fauci: Americans 'misinterpreting' mask rules Former surgeon general: CDC 'fumbled the ball at the one-yard line' with new mask guidance messaging MORE pushed back against criticism of the Trump administration's rollout of the vaccines for COVID-19 on Sunday, pointing to improvements that authorities have made nationwide in their efforts to vaccinate as many as possible.
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Surgeon General vows COVID-19 surge can be tempered
BY JOSEPH CHOI
 
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams acknowledged on Sunday that current projections on the coronavirus pandemic are “pretty scary,” but maintained it was still possible to “temper” the current surge of cases.
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Cruz says people accusing him of sedition need to 'calm down'
BY ZACK BUDRYK
 
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Sunday called for critics of his challenge to the results of the presidential election to “tone down the rhetoric.”
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Loeffler sidesteps questions on challenging Electoral College vote in Senate
BY JOSEPH CHOI 
 
Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLoeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run Herschel Walker skips Georgia's GOP convention Georgia agriculture commissioner launches Senate campaign against Warnock MORE (R-Ga.) on Sunday avoided directly answering whether or not she’ll join her fellow GOP senators in challenging the Electoral College if she wins the Georgia runoff the day before.
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NBC's Chuck Todd to GOP senator on Electoral College challenge: 'You're the arsonist here'
BY DOMINICK MASTRANGELO 
 
Chuck Todd of NBC's "Meet the Press" sharply criticized Sen. Ron Johnson during a Sunday interview over the Wisconsin Republican's decision to join other GOP senators in challenging the presidential election in several states, saying, "You're the arsonist here."
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Abrams says concession comparisons to Trump are 'apples to bowling balls'
BY ZACK BUDRYK
 
Stacy Abrams on Sunday said comparisons between her refusal to concede her loss in a governor's race to now Gov.-Brian KempBrian KempNorth Carolina county reverses course, ends coke machine ban MLB All-Star game to stay in Denver, judge rules MLB calls lawsuit over All-Star Game 'political theatrics' MORE (R) to President Trump’s refusal to concede the presidential race are "apples and bowling balls."
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Hoyer on GOP challenges to Biden win: 'A sad day'
BY JOSEPH CHOI
 
Democratic House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse passes political spending, climate change corporate disclosures bill House to vote Wednesday on making Juneteenth a federal holiday Democrats seek staffer salary boost to compete with K Street MORE said Sunday the challenge by Republican senators who said they will oppose the Electoral College count by Congress marks “a sad day for democracy.”
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US hits 350,000 COVID-19 deaths amid fear of surge after holiday gatherings
BY DOMINICK MASTRANGELO
 
More than 350,000 people have died of the coronavirus in the U.S., with another surge of cases and deaths expected in the coming weeks as a result of smaller holiday gatherings.
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