Trump COVID testing czar defends handling of COVID-19 pandemic response

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 29: Brett Giroir, former Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps., testifies during a Republican-led forum on the origins of the COVID-19 virus at the U.S. Capitol on June 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. The forum examined the theory that the coronavirus came from a lab in Wuhan, China. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 29: Brett Giroir, former Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps., testifies during a Republican-led forum on the origins of the COVID-19 virus at the U.S. Capitol on June 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. The forum examined the theory that the coronavirus came from a lab in Wuhan, China. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 29: Brett Giroir, former Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps., testifies during a Republican-led forum on the origins of the COVID-19 virus at the U.S. Capitol on June 29, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:00 PM PT – Saturday, October 9, 2021

The former czar of coronavirus testing under President Trump defends the Trump COVID task force’s actions during the pandemic. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., media attempts to pin the blame for the crisis on Trump have been incessant. A CNN interview on Friday with the former testing czar, Brett Giroir, was no different.

In the interview, Brianna Keilar tried to use recent turncoat Stephanie Grisham’s words against the whole COVID task force. Grisham, Trump’s press secretary and first lady Melania Trump’s personal secretary before Jan. 6, said Trump didn’t care about the costs of the virus and that the administration failed because of his vanity.

However, Giroir disputed her assessment of how his task force handled COVID. He said he doesn’t remember Grisham being involved in any meetings about COVID at all.

“I don’t remember Stephanie Grisham ever being in the situation room, in the task force, when we debated the issues,” said Giroir. “I know that in that sit room, mostly under the vice president, Dr. Birx, Dr. Fauci, we were all focused on public health and there was no other thoughts than that.”

Wholly unsatisfied that he refused to condemn Trump like Grisham did, Keilar tried to push Giroir even harder, heavily implying that he chose to work under someone who didn’t care about the virus. Again, the Admiral denied the assertions and defended the administration’s handling of the virus.

“I don’t think it’s fair to say. The president was very active in the task force right up until the mid-summer and he did what the docs advised, right? Fifteen days to slow the spread. Thirty days more to slow the spread,” he said.

Despite Trump leaving the Oval Office and Joe Biden taking his place, the blame for the pandemic has still been placed squarely in Trump’s lap by Democrats and their allies in the media. Since January, over 353,000 Americans have lost their lives to COVID, surpassing the total lost in 2020 during the Trump administration.

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