Asked about that social media post Tuesday, Giroir was dismissive. “I’m a physician. I’m a scientist. I’m not a Twitter analyst. And to be quite honest, I don’t spend time looking at any of that on Twitter, because who knows what it means or how it’s interpreted,” he said.
Giroir also sought to defend the integrity of the White House coronavirus task force amid recent efforts by the president and the White House to discredit the very administration officials tasked with combating the pandemic.
Trump has expressed particular frustration with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert. Over the weekend, the White House provided various news outlets with a list of statements the immunologist made in the early days of the outbreak in the U.S. that could appear damaging in retrospect.
On Tuesday, Giroir said Fauci and other task force members including White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn and CDC Director Robert Redfield all “work together every single day” and enjoy a “great, collegial relationship.”
“None of us are 100 percent right. That’s why we have multiple diverse views there,” he said. On Sunday, however, Giroir was less embracing of Fauci as reports of the White House’s smear campaign against him began surfacing.