WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The White House has blocked Dr Anthony Fauci, a senior health official on the Coronavirus Task Force, from testifying on the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic, House Appropriations Committee spokesperson Evan Hollander said in a statement.
In a separate statement, White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said it would be counterproductive to have Fauci testify before Congress while dealing with the ongoing battle against the pandemic.
Fauci and Trump have contradicted each other at times when giving health advice to the US public amid the pandemic.
The doctor is also the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
The United States, as of Friday evening, has 1,100,197 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and about 64,600 deaths caused by the disease, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre.