Trump criticizes Birx amid new COVID-19 concerns

President Trump attacked Dr. Deborah BIrx for the first time following her sobering assessment of where things stand in the fight against COVID-19.
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that new interview with president trump. The president downplaying that the virus is, quote, under control and the president also attacking Dr. Deborah birx for the first time following her sobering assessment of where things tan in the fight against the virus. Our senior white house correspondent Cecilia Vega has all the latest on that. Good morning, Cecilia. Good morning. This was a head scratching interview overnight, the president claiming everything is just fine despite the reality of the coronavirus on the rise across the country. As cases surge and deaths rise, in a new interview overnight president trump claimed everything is under control. I think it's under control. I'll -- How, a thousand Americans are dying a day. They are dying, that's true and you -- it is what it is. But that doesn't mean we aren't doing everything we can. Reporter: The president doing a show and tell with charts, attempting to defy the grim reality. If you look at deaths -- Start to go up again. Here's one. Well, right here United States is lowest in numerous categories, we're lower than the world. Lower than the world? Lower than Europe. Oh, you're doing death as a proportion of cases. I'm talking about as a proportion of the population. That's where the U.S. Is really bad. Much worse than South Korea, Germany, et cetera. You can't do that. Why can't I do that? You have to go by -- you have to go by -- look, here is the United States. You have to go by the cases. Reporter: With more than 1,000 American lives lost each day to the coronavirus, the U.S. Death rate now the fourth highest in the world. President trump saying it's not his fault. When I took over we didn't even have a test. Now, in all -- Why would you have a test? The virus didn't exist. Reporter: It comes after his attack on Dr. Deborah birx after she offered a grim assessment of the resurgence of case. It is extraordinarily widespread. Reporter: The president tweeting, in order to counter Nancy, Deborah took the bait and hit us, pathetic. Trump later dying it back. I think we're doing very well. I told Dr. Birx I think we're doing very well. She was in my office a little while ago. And she's a person I have a lot of respect for. Reporter: He continued to publicly contradict the dire warnings from his health experts, instead offering this rosy spin. We're beginning to see evidence of significant Reporter: Well, this all caught the attention of his democratic challenger Joe Biden who tweeted, quote, if I'm elected president I'll spend my Monday mornings working with our nation's top experts to control the virus, not insulting them on Twitter. George. Okay, thanks very much. Let's bring in the fda

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