Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday questioned Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller on the president flouting his administration’s own guidelines on COVID-19 by continuing to hold large campaign rallies with many unmasked supporters.
“Why does the president continue to hold these rallies where thousands of people are packed together — the vast majority of them without masks?” Wallace asked Miller during an interview on Fox News Sunday.
“Chris as you know we do pass out masks at the rallies and I encourage everyone who’s attending to put a mask on,” Miller told Wallace.
“We also check folks’ temperatures, we remind people to wash their hands, we give them hand sanitizer. But, look, as we get close to the election, people don’t want to be living in fear, again in their basements. We’re going to be strong. We’re going to be safe. But we’re not going to be scared here,” he added.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises gathering in groups of no more than 10 people at a time. President Donald Trump’s rallies have packed thousands together.
Trump himself has already been infected with COVID-19. The U.S. is averaging more than 55,000 new cases a day, up more than 60 percent since mid-September, according to CNN.
More than 219,000 people in the U.S. have died from the virus and more than 8.1 million have been infected.
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