Chris Murphy Says Trump Is Undermining His Experts: "It's Almost Like We Have Two Different Federal Governments"

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The option to safely reopen while following the prevention guidelines is "why is it so impossible for us to watch the experts who testified today say all the right things, and then have the President weaken them daily," said the Connecticut Democrat CNN's Anderson Cooper. .

"It is almost as if we have two different federal governments, two parallel governments today," added Murphy.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The National Institutes of Health and its parent agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, "say keep your distance, keep things closed until it's safe to reopen , wear masks, "continued the senator. . "And then you have the President undermining daily."

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the coronavirus task force who is the country's leading infectious disease expert, told lawmakers on Capitol Hill earlier that day that he would not be surprised if the United States sees new cases of coronavirus increase to 100,000 per day.

He and CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield emphasized the importance of wearing masks. Fauci said that "we recommend masks for everyone" and "masks are extremely important" and Redfield singled out younger Americans in particular to convey a message that they are not exempt from the need to wear a mask.

But Trump has continued to defy health recommendations and has been reluctant to be seen wearing a mask in public. He recently told the Wall Street Journal that the masks are "a double-edged sword" and suggested that the masks are sometimes used as a political statement, rather than a health precaution, to show disapproval. Experts say that wearing a mask or other face covering could reduce Covid-19 transmission by as much as 50%.

Murphy said Tuesday that Trump's actions are "so unforgivable because we have a way for states to reopen, we have a game plan that we have shown that people in the Northeast can be effective here."

"Ultimately, this will be the political ruin of the president, because Americans will not be distracted from the problems that dominate their lives as long as the infection rate is so high," added Murphy.

Months of strict closing rules, widespread testing, and flawed attempts to trace contacts have brought cases under control in the New York tri-state area and region, a 180 degree turn from just a few months ago, when the tri area -state, and New York City in particular, was the epicenter of the pandemic.

There are more than 2.6 million reported cases of coronavirus across the country, according to Johns Hopkins University, and new cases in at least 36 states are trending up compared to the previous week.

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