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Trump burned to the ground after CDC chief says face masks ‘more guaranteed to protect’ against COVID-19 than vaccine

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WILKES-BARRE, PA - AUGUST 2, 2018: President Trump on stage reacts as he listens to congressman Lou Barletta speak to the crowd at his campaign rally.

President Donald Trump is under fire after the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told a Senate committee Wednesday that facemasks are “more guaranteed” to protect against the coronavirus than a COVID-19 vaccine.

“I might even go so far as to say that this facemask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine,” Dr. Redfield said.

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“These facemasks are the most important, powerful public health tool we have,” Dr. Redfield said. “I will continue to appeal for all Americans, all individuals in our country, to embrace these face coverings – I’ve said that if we did it for six, eight, ten, twelve weeks we’d bring this pandemic under control. We have clear scientific evidence they work, and they are our best defense.”

On Tuesday night during an ABC News town hall President Trump once again tried to minimize the effectiveness of facemasks and tried to add confusion to the facts.

“Now there is by the way, a lot of people don’t want to wear masks. There are a lot of people think that masks are not good. And there are a lot of people that as an example you have –” Trump said before host George Stephanopoulos interrupted.

“Who are those people?” he asked the president.

“I’ll tell you who those people are — waiters,” President Trump replied. “They come over and they serve you, and they have a mask. And I saw it the other day where they were serving me, and they’re playing with the mask…I’m not blaming them…I’m just saying what happens. They’re playing with the mask, so the mask is over, and they’re touching it, and then they’re touching the plate. That can’t be good.”

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Trump was slammed on social media.

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‘Good German genes’: Trump’s ‘racehorse theory’ of genetics is profoundly racist — it’s also why he thinks he’s a natural-born genius

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Health care group sponsoring South Dakota indoor country music festival that doesn’t require masks: report

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On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that South Dakota is poised to hold an indoor country music festival that won't require face masks and has not yet confirmed whether they will require social distancing — and it's being sponsored by a local nonprofit health care organization.

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Top Mueller deputy reveals why he chickened out of forcing Donald Trump Jr. to testify

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