Fauci clashes with GOP lawmaker over when COVID restrictions should be eased

The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci clashed with GOP Rep. Jim Jordan over when COVID restrictions should be eased.

4/17/2021 7:59:00 AM

At one point, Dr. Fauci told Rep. Jordan, 'I think you're making this a personal thing, and it isn't.' 'It's not a personal thing,' Jordan responded. 'No, you are,' Fauci said. 'That is exactly what you're doing.'

The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci clashed with GOP Rep. Jim Jordan over when COVID restrictions should be eased.

"What is low enough? Give me a number," Jordan demanded, citing examples of churches having to restrict attendance."That would be that the number of infections per day are well below 10,000 per day," Fauci said."At that point, and up to that point, there would be a gradual pulling back of some of the restrictions you're talking about."

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Pool/Getty ImagesDr. Anthony Fauci responds to a question during a House Select Subcommittee hearing on April 15, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The committee is hearing testimony on the role of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Research Addressing COVID-19.

The exchange with Fauci, whom Republicans are increasingly using as a political target, grew so tense that an exasperated Fauci accused Jordan of"ranting."At one point, Fauci told Jordan,"I think you're making this a personal thing, and it isn't." headtopics.com

"It's not a personal thing," Jordan responded.Susan Walsh/POOL/AFP via Getty ImagesRep. Jim Jordan attends a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on April 15, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The committee is hearing testimony on the Biden administration's ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19.

"No, you are!" Fauci said sharply."That is exactly what you're doing."Later, Fauci added,"We're not talking about liberties. We're talking about a pandemic that has killed 562,000 Americans."Jordan became so antagonistic that Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters snapped at him when he continued speaking after his question time had expired, telling him,"you need to respect the chair and shut your mouth!"

MORE: CDC panel calls to keep J&J vaccine pause in place, collect more dataThe U.S. weekly average of daily COVID-19 cases remains around 67,000, up 6% over the last seven days, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. The country also recorded five days with more than 70,000 daily COVID-19 cases, according to data gathered by Johns Hopkins.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky sounded the alarm in March as the COVID-19 caseload began creeping upward as states began lifting their COVID-19 restrictions as their vaccine distribution plans got underway. Read more: ABC News »

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