Trump says Fauci will be allowed to testify before the Senate but not the House: 'The House is a bunch of Trump haters'

Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via GettyPresident Donald Trump with Dr. Anthony Fauci at a news conference at the White House on February 26.
  • After blocking the US’s lead infectious-disease expert and other members of the White House coronavirus task force from testifying before Congress at least through the month of May in hearings about the administration’s pandemic response, President Donald Trump took a half measure to reverse course.
  • Before leaving to tour an N-95 mask facility in Arizona, Trump told reporters that Dr. Anthony Fauci would be able to testify before the Republican-controlled Senate but not the Democrat-majority House.
  • “The House is a setup. The House is a bunch of Trump haters,” Trump said. “They put every Trump hater on the committee, the same old stuff.” He added: “But Dr. Fauci will be testifying in front of the Senate, and he looks forward to doing that.”
  • A leaked memo from the White House on Monday said, “For the month of May, no Task Force members, or key deputies of Task Force members, may accept hearing invitations.”
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On Tuesday, President Donald Trump told reporters that Dr. Anthony Fauci would be allowed to testify before the Republican-controlled Senate but not the Democratic-majority House.

Last week, the Trump administration blocked a request for Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious-disease expert, to testify before a House subcommittee.

A leaked memo on Monday appeared to at least temporarily extend the muzzle to all members of the White House coronavirus task force, saying, “For the month of May, no Task Force members, or key deputies of Task Force members, may accept hearing invitations.”

Before taking off on Air Force One to visit an N-95 mask manufacturing facility in Arizona, Trump addressed reporters on the matter, maintaining his stance blocking Fauci from testifying before the House.

“The House is a setup. The House is a bunch of Trump haters,” Trump said. “They put every Trump hater on the committee, the same old stuff.” He added: “But Dr. Fauci will be testifying in front of the Senate, and he looks forward to doing that.”

Previously, a White House official did not rule out Fauci testifying before the Senate in a comment to The Washington Post.

“It’s not muzzling, it’s not blocking, it’s simply trying to ensure we’re able to balance the need for oversight, the legitimate need for oversight, with their responsibilities to handle COVID-19 work at their respective agencies and departments,” the official said.

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