WH communications director Farah says science office's COVID statement was 'poorly worded'

Henrietta Strickland
October 29, 2020

As of Tuesday, more than 226,000 people in the US have died from COVID-19.

The OSTP release is titled, "Trump Administration Releases Science and Technology Accomplishments from First Term".

According to a press release intending to highlight the administration's science accomplishments, the Trump administration said it "has taken decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease".

According to the release, OSTP on Tuesday published a report titled "Advancing America's Global Leadership in Science and Technology". In the release, White House OSTP Director Kevin Droegemeier states that the full report shows "just a fraction of the achievements made by the Trump administration".

The report itself does not mention ending the pandemic as an accomplishment, a spokesperson for the office later noted on Twitter. The spokesperson said the report was meant to highlight the administration's progress on confronting the pandemic.

Trump has ended coronavirus pandemic, White House science office claims, as cases hit record numbers
WH communications director Farah says science office's COVID statement was 'poorly worded'

"The rest of us still view the threat of those cases as the top concern", the official continued.

As of Wednesday, more than 9 million cases of the novel coronavirus had been reported in the USA, with over 232,000 deaths as a result, Worldometer's COVID-19 data states.

Last week, the country set a new record of 83,000 cases in a single day, and the seven-day case average is now hovering around 70,000 - more than any other time during the pandemic. Those states are Arizona, California, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont.

While she acknowledged to Fox News' Sandra Smith on Wednesday that cases "are still rising" and urged the American public to "remain vigilant", Farah also doubled down on a dangerously misleading assessment by President Trump that the nation is "rounding the corner" on COVID-19 - a claim that she repeated throughout the interview in an apparent contradiction of earlier statements on rising cases.

More than 226,000 Americans have died of complications related to COVID-19, and more than 8.6 million have been infected since the outbreak began. "Hospitals in Wisconsin are near capacity", Camerota noted, asking if that gave Gidley or Pence "any pause about going there and holding a big rally".

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