Top 3 Takeaways from the Fauci Hearing

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On Tuesday, top government public-health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, CDC Director Robert Redfield, and Assistant HHS Secretary for Health Brett Giroir, testified before the Senate for the first time since President Trump declared the coronavirus a national emergency on March 13.

In the intervening two months, the Trump administration has failed on just about every metric, leading the world in both cases and deaths — even though, as Dr. Fauci told Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), “the number [of deaths] is likely higher” than official statistics say.

Far from the rosy picture Trump painted when he said the U.S. has “met the moment” and “prevailed” over the challenges necessary to begin reopening the country, the hearing underscored just how badly his administration has failed.

Here are the key takeaways you need to know:

Trump’s rush to reopen the country is putting the United States on a dangerous path. Not only do we currently have the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, but reopening prematurely will likely make it even worse. It’s time for the president to follow the American people’s lead and listen to the public-health experts rather than push for changes that could put tens or even hundreds of thousands of Americans at additional risk.

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