'He was confused': Trump says health chief 'mistaken' to say vaccine won't be widely available until mid-2021
Mr Trump said he “got the impression” that Mr Redfield did not mean to say what he said earlier in the day on a call with his CDC boss. Mr Redfield also told senators that wearing a mask, at this point, is more effective than a not-yet-deployed vaccine. Mr Trump pushed back on that when asked on Wednesday evening, saying, “I think there are a lot of problems with masks,” contending a vaccine would be much more effective in defeating the disease. But then he added: “Perhaps the mask helps.”
Mr Redfield himself responded by sticking to his guns, at least on the masks issue, tweeting: “The best defence we currently have against this virus are the important mitigation efforts of wearing a mask, washing your hands, social distancing and being careful about crowds.”
The president used part of his opening remarks to first congratulate the Big Ten college football conference for announcing it plans to start its 2020 season in late October, then to pressure them on what to do inside their stadiums.
He used parts of the briefing to tout the peace pacts his team helped broker among Israel, Bahrain and the UAE, and to make his baseless claim that Democratic governors plan to use mail-in voting to steal the election from him in November.
He mocked Mr Trump for criticising him for a remark the former VP made during the Democratic National Convention, when he endorsed a national mask mandate should the virus spread like wildfire again. Mr Biden lacks the authority ...
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