Aug 02, 2020
Foxs Wallace presses Trump adviser on whether campaign would accept foreign assistance
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Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceChris Wallace: Barr hearing 'an embarrassment' for Democrats: 'Just wanted to excoriate him' The Memo: Trump's real target is election's legitimacy Trump's too little, too late coronavirus pivot MORE pressed Jason Miller on Sunday about whether President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nomination to be held in private: report Graham defends Trump on TikTok, backs Microsoft purchase Federal appeals court rejects Stormy Daniels libel case against Trump MORE's reelection campaign would accept foreign assistance in 2020, with the senior adviser ultimately declaring presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenCrump, attorney for George Floyd's family, endorses Harris for Biden VP pick Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket Biden calls on Trump, Congress to enact an emergency housing program MORE would be beaten "fair and square.”
Miller, appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” initially called it a “silly question” and said “the folks who have actually taken foreign assistance were the Clinton campaign,” pointing to the opposition dossier compiled by ex-British intelligence official Christopher Steele.
When Wallace pressed the matter, Miller responded: “We’re going to go beat Joe Biden fair and square here.”
“There is no foreign assistance that’s happening in this campaign,” Miller added, asking Wallace if he would ask the former vice president the same question.
“I promise if get an interview with Vice President Biden I will ask him exactly that same question,” said Wallace, who has repeatedly called for Biden to come on the show and said the Biden campaign has declined interview requests.
Wallace also asked Miller about the president’s tweet last week suggesting the election should be delayed due to mail-in voting.
“The election is going to be on November 3,” Miller said, claiming “the problem is that these Democratic governors are the one who want to go ahead and move the election” by extending the window for mail-in voting.
Wallace asked Miller what the president intended to do about the issue, to which Miller responded: “Ultimately, it’s the governors at the state level who have to be responsible for their states.”
“You seem to be saying what didn’t work for the coronavirus is what’s going to work for mail-in voting,” Wallace countered.
Miller also claimed that despite public polling indicating Biden with a substantial lead both nationally and in battleground states, “we’re doing much better than the public polling.”
Wallace pointed out that the Trump campaign recently replaced campaign manager Brad ParscaleBradley (Brad) James ParscaleMORE and paused advertising, saying: “It seems to me you hurt your credibility if you don’t admit ‘yeah, we’re losing and we’ve got to turn things around.’”Tags Brad Parscale Chris Wallace Joe Biden Donald Trump
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Critic of coronavirus lockdowns and school closures made adviser to President Trump
Dr. Scott Atlas, senior fellow at Stanford University Hoover Institution and an outspoken critic of coronavirus lockdowns, has joined the White House staff as an adviser to President Trump.
A White House spokesperson confirmed to the Washington Examiner on Monday that Atlas is now an adviser to the president but did not further explain what his responsibilities will be. Trump introduced Atlas at his press briefing the same day, saying only that he is “a very famous man” and that “he's working with us and will be working with us on the coronavirus.”
Atlas has decried statewide lockdown measures for months, writing in April that lockdowns and isolation have cost the lives of people too afraid to seek critical medical care not related to COVID-19. Isolation, he added, is also a detriment to building immunity to diseases.
“In the absence of immunization, society needs circulation of the virus, assuming high-risk people can be isolated,” he wrote in April. “It is very possible that whole-population isolation prevented natural herd immunity from developing.”
Atlas has also pushed for complete school reopenings in the fall. He said last month that the seasonal flu kills more children than the coronavirus has so far but neglected to mention that children can be very effective carriers of the virus, putting older teachers and staff at risk.
“If steps need to be taken to protect children from COVID-19, then those same steps are required each and every year that the influenza season arrives,” he wrote. “A disease … that is frequently transmitted from children to the same high-risk teachers and family members who then die, to the tune of 35,000 to 90,000 Americans every flu season.”
Trump said Monday that Atlas “has many great ideas, and he thinks what we've done is really good, and that will take it to a new level.” However, it remains unclear what kind of role Atlas will play in Trump’s moves to reopen schools next month, especially as infection rates across the South and Midwest continue to rise.Healthcare News Coronavirus President Trump