Coronavirus US live: press secretary defends Trump over blocking Fauci’s testimony


That’s it from me today. My west coast colleague, Maanvi Singh, will take over the blog for the next few hours.

Here’s where the day stands so far:

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has defended Donald Trump’s decision to block Dr Anthony Fauci from testifying before the Democrat-led House. The president said he made the move to prevent officials taking questions from “a bunch of Trump haters.”

In the briefing McEnany accused the House of attempting to orchestrate a “publicity stunt” and said Fauci would instead testify before “the Republican-controlled Senate” where he will also “indeed be asked questions by Democrats.”

McEnany on blocking Fauci from testifying to House: “We don’t have time in the middle of a pandemic for publicity stunts.”

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