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Tapper to Azar: Doesn’t Trump Undermine the Message That You Are Trying To Give?

‘I am the president’s health secretary and I am telling people just what President Trump has said from day one’
By Grabien Staff

RUSH TRANSCRIPT:
TAPPER: "So the secretary — sorry, the chairman of the Senate health committee, senator Lamar Alexander, Republican from Tennessee, he just told Manu Raju on inside Politics before the show that it would be helpful if President Trump sometimes wore a mask so that the idea of masks was not seen as a pro-trump or anti-Trump step but a healthcare step. You talked about the importance of wearing masks. Don’t you think it undermines the message that you are trying to give that the Surgeon General is trying to give, doctors birx and Fauci are trying to give, when he makes fun of people who wear masks and holds Rallies where no one is social distancing and no one is wearing a mask? Doesn’t that undermine the message that you are trying to give?"
AZAR: "Well, I am the president’s health secretary and I am telling people just what President Trump has said from day one in the reopening guidelines. Social distance, wear facial covering where you can’t practice social distancing, engage in appropriate personal hygiene. People in the last several weeks, we have seen people engage in mass gatherings for any number of political and First Amendment reasons, and I’m not going to comment on those aspects, but I’ll talk about it from a public health perspective, I encourage all individuals who choose to engage in these kinds of activities for what variety and whatever reason, protect yourself, examine your own individual circumstances, examine the circumstances of those that you live with and take appropriate precautions. You have — you have to take ownership —"

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