After receiving widespread criticism for his remarks, the president wrote via Twitter, “What is the purpose of having White House News Conferences when the Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions, & then refuses to report the truth or facts accurately.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended the president’s remarks stating, “President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment… Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines.”
When asked on Sunday about Trump’s comments by CNN commentator Jake Tapper, Dr. Birx said, “I think it bothers me this is still in the news cycle. I think we’re missing the bigger pieces of what we need to be doing as an American people to continue to protect one another.”
RRL was created in 2019 by the conservative political group Defending Democracy Together. Both groups say Trump has violated national founding principles requiring the president to comply with the law.
RRL has released several ads over the past year raising concerns about Trump’s leadership and urging Congressional Republicans to hold Trump accountable. Their penultimate ad criticized Trump’s false assertion made on April 13 that he alone can decide when to re-open states shut down to stop the spread of coronavirus.