Deborah Birx says she was ‘paralyzed’ by Trump’s disinfectant announcement

Dr. Deborah Birx said she had a resignation agreement with other doctors on President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response team and said Trump’s outlandish public comments in the early days of the pandemic made her wish she was in the “twilight zone.”

Birks, in wide interview with ABC News On Monday, her work on the front lines of the pandemic was highlighted by the story of Trump’s infamous April 2020 press conference in which he mused on the use of injectable disinfectant as a treatment for COVID-19. Birks, caught froze on camera Trump spoke, said she was”paralyzedwhen the then president mentioned it.

Minutes later, during Trump’s press conference, she said that disinfectants are “not a cure.” later criticized for not calling on Trump and others in his White House to spread debunked and sometimes dangerous ideas.

A vehement rebuttal of Trump’s claim would be “a logical and important thing to do,” Birx admitted in an interview with ABC News. But “at that moment I was paralyzed because it was so unexpected.”

“I just wanted it to be The Twilight Zone and it all went away,” Birx continued. “I just saw everything fall apart in that moment.”

Birx spoke ahead of the release of her book, Silent Invasion: The Untold Story of the Trump Administration, COVID-19, and Preventing the Next Pandemic Before It’s Too Late.

As The New York Times notes, Birx was on the sidelines shortly after this press conference. She explained that she was not fired, which would have led to an agreement with other doctors, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield, and FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, to resign. if any of them were pushed out.

“I was very worried about Bob and Steve … because in the hallways you can hear people talking about them,” she said. “I think we all knew what it was like to be there and in the trenches. Although they must return home after the task force and return to their agencies. I was still in the White House.”

Birx said she spoke with then Vice President Mike Pence about Trump spreading misinformation.

“I’m saying the exact opposite of what the president is saying because the data tells me we’re in for a very deadly fall and I have to make sure the American people are ready,” she told Pence. “He looked at me and said, ‘You have to do what needs to be done.’

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