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Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that the development of a coronavirus vaccine was advancing at a rapid pace. Fauci spoke when President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a strong defense of the disapproved use of an anti-malarial drug as a treatment. Coronavirus. (July 28)

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump praised Dr. Anthony Fauci and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, after the two clashed in a congressional hearing Friday to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Good job from Jim Jordan, and also some really good statements from Tony Fauci. Great progress is being made!” Trump tweeted aboard Air Force One while traveling to Tampa, Florida, to talk about the coronavirus response and hurricane preparedness.

Trump later retweeted a Jordanian publication protesting that people were discouraged from going to church, work, and school, issues that Fauci hurt during a hearing before the House Subcommittee. the House on the Coronavirus Crisis.

Fauci, often criticized by Trump and other Republicans, said people should avoid crowds – and children will be kept away from them – in order to prevent the spread of the virus that has murdered more than 150,000 Americans.

At one point, Jordan asked Fauci about the security of mass protests against racism and police misconduct and whether the government should limit or even ban such meetings.

Fauci didn’t bite, telling the Ohio MP, “I don’t understand what I’m being asked (as) a public health official to comment on who should be arrested. It’s not my position.”

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“Any crowd, be it a protest – any people of closed people without masks is a risk. And I will stick with that statement,” Fauci said. “It’s a public health statement. It’s not a trial.”

Fauci, who says he maintains a “complicated” relationship with Trump, has rarely hesitated to communicate his disagreements with the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus.

Trump has overshadowed Fauci at various points during the crisis, but the relationship appears to have warmed in recent days. The president and top administration epidemic expert appeared together at an event this week at the Red Cross headquarters.

Jordan, one of Trump’s most brazen allies in Congress, has also been a critic of Fauci.

At one point in the hearing, he told the doctor, “I have not seen people during a church service go out or hurt police officers or burn buildings … There is no limit to the protests, but no you can go to church on sunday “

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