Rep. Jordan, Fauci have heated exchange over COVID-19 restrictions

Rep. Jim Jordan R-Ohio questions Dr. Anthony Fauci the nation's top infectious disease expert during a hearing of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. on Thursday. Pool

The exchange of tense words by Representative Jim Jordan with infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci created tension on Thursday's congressional hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic.

During a House subcommittee hearing about federal government's response to the pandemic, Jordan, an OH conservative, asked Fauci when the nation can begin relaxing physical distancing measures and mask-wearing - posing it as a question as to when Americans will regain their freedom and liberties.

"What is low enough?"

Jordan continually questioned Fauci, demanding answers about the coronavirus pandemic asking for specific numbers regarding COVID-19 safety mandates on Thursday.

Fauci later said the country is experiencing about 60,000 daily cases and restrictions couldn't be dropped until under 10,000 cases were being tallied. "At that point, and up to that point, there would be a gradual pulling back of some of the restrictions you're talking about".

Fauci responded to Jordan that he thinks the OH representative was making the debate a personal issue and emphasized that it should not be.

"No, you are!" Fauci said sharply.

"No, you are", Fauci replied, "that is exactly what you're doing".

Later, Fauci added, "We're not talking about liberties". Fauci told the Ohio Republican that he seemed to be making mitigation efforts "personal" and reminded him that over 560,00o Americans have been killed by this pandemic.

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Jordan became so antagonistic that Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters snapped at him after he continued speaking after his question time had expired, telling him, "you need to respect the chair and shut your mouth!".

The outlet reported on Tuesday that the country's seven-day daily average for new infections topped 71,000 for the first time since February 18. The country also recorded five days with more than 70,000 daily COVID-19 cases, according to data gathered by Johns Hopkins.

Meanwhile, the United States has administered 198 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and almost 78.5 million people are fully vaccinated.

"I'm going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom", Walensky said at a White House briefing. "I look at this as a public health thing".

"You don't think Americans' liberties have been threatened in the previous year, Dr. Fauci?"

"You have to be a moron to believe it, but there are, I guess, a lot of morons out there", Scarborough said. "Why is the GOP so obsessed with going after Dr. Fauci?"

Fauci instead referred to the Biden administration's projection that the majority of US adults should be vaccinated by summer.

He then turned to the aggregation economy (of which we may know a thing or two) and said "lies about Anthony Fauci have always gotten clicks". "We project that will very likely be sometime in the beginning to mid of the summer".

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