President Donald Trump’s trade advisor Peter Navarro tried to smear Dr. Rick Bright, a highly-respected immunologist who testified to a House committee about the numerous failures by the Trump administration during the deadly coronavirus pandemic.
Navarro has no medical experience, but claimed on April 6 that he’s qualified to speak on medical treatment for the coronavirus because of his background in social science.
Navarro humiliated himself when he challenged “60 Minutes” host Bill Whitaker on April 12 to “Show me episodes during the Obama and Bush administrations that said the global pandemic was coming, and then you will have some credence in attacking the Trump Administration.”
Web-based “60 Minutes Overtime” destroyed Navarro’s claim by showing clips of the Bush and Obama administrations saying that a global pandemic was coming, including a young Dr. Anthony Fauci warning in 2005 of a global pandemic coming.
Navarro publicly said that Americans had “nothing to worry about” while he wrote two memos to the White House in January and February about how the coronavirus pandemic could cost trillions of dollars and kill hundreds of thousands of people, noted CNN.
Navarro, who is a failed political candidate, promoted hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus during a Fox News interview on April 6, even though there have not been any successful clinical trials, noted Media Matters.
Dr. Bright said on April 22 that he was dismissed as the director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority because he refused to endorse hydroxychloroquine, which he called one of several “potentially dangerous drugs promoted by those with political connections,” reported the New York Times.
Navarro continued his pattern of false claims during his baseless smear of Dr. Bright during an interview with Fox News on May 14:
He’s not just a disgruntled employee, in my judgment. He is a deserter in the war on the China virus. I am a conscript in the army, and before the virus hit I was doing trade deals to try and bring manufacturing home. We should be doing what we’re doing.