During his daily coronavirus press conference, President Donald Trump claimed that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield “was totally misquoted” by the Washington Post.
Dr. Redfield told the Washington Post on April 21 about the coming winter flu season being “more difficult”:
There’s a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through… We’re going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time.
Dr. Redfield told journalists in the White House briefing room about the interview on April 21:
When I commented yesterday that there was a possibility of the fall-winter, next fall-winter could be more difficult, more complicated, when we have two respiratory illnesses circulating at the same time, influenza and the coronavirus-19 — I think it’s really important to emphasize what I didn’t say.
I didn’t say that this was going to be worse. I said it was going to be more difficult and potentially complicated because we’ll have flu and coronavirus circulating at the same time.
ABC News Jonathan Karl asked Dr. Redfield directly about the Washington Post quote, Dr. Redfield said he was quoted correctly.
Trump suddenly switched gears and then insisted that the headline of the Washington Post article — “CDC director warns that second wave of coronavirus could be even more devastating” — was misleading.
Dr. Redfield said the headline was “inappropriate.”
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