As pandemic surges, Trump White House calls Thanksgiving restrictions 'Orwellian'
The Trump White House on Wednesday tried to make Thanksgiving a new political focal point, calling new restrictions recommended by health experts and governors "Orwellian."
As COVID-19 rises dramatically across the country and Americans struggle to decide how many family members should congregate or whether to even do so, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said it was "the American" who said it To leave the individual to deal with the virus way. "
PHOTO: White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks to reporters at the White House in Washington, DC Oct. 23, 2020. (Alex Edelman / AFP via Getty Images, FILE)
McEnany commented on "Fox and Friends" on "suggestions and guidelines" from experts, governors, and even senior administrators who do not gather in large groups for vacation.
"A lot of the guidelines you see are Orwellian," said McEnany, who signed COVID-19 in October as part of a major White House outbreak. "We are not losing our freedom in this country. As individuals, we make responsible health choices."
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, told USA Today Wednesday that Americans should "think twice" about vacationing and attending "seemingly innocent" gatherings, which are very good hotspots for the virus to spread could turn out. also for older relatives.
PHOTO: Dr. Anthony Fauci listens during a Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the federal government's response to COVID-19 on Capitol Hill in Washington on September 23, 2020. (Graeme Jennings / AP, FILE)
And the Minister of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, warned on Wednesday during the briefing on the federal government's vaccination efforts, citing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year at home is when the people you live with are celebrating virtually and indoors with people who don't belong to your household. This is a higher risk activity for them Spread of the virus, "said Azar.
Fauci and other experts have recommended family members wear masks even indoors when they are not eating.
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PHOTO: Secretary of State for Health and Human Services Alex Azar delivers an update on Operation Warp Speed on November 13, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Almond Ngan / AFP via Getty Images)
As the US enters another devastating wave of cases, likely to increase after next week's traditional holiday gatherings, McEnany have claimed Americans have been looking at COVID-19 for "many months" and already know how to protect themselves can.
"It's Orwellian in a place like Oregon to say if you gather in more than six people we could come to your house and arrest you and get you 30 days in jail. That's not the American way," said McEnany.
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Kate Brown, a Democrat from Oregon, on Tuesday introduced a new wave of restrictions that "freeze" public life in the state she said is at its "breaking point." Her executive order limits the size of social gatherings to no more than six people, and those who break the law can face offenses punishable by quotation or arrest, Brown said.
Washington State and Michigan, also with Democratic governors, have imposed similar mandates, but as cases rose alarmingly, even GOP governors like Iowa's Kay Reynolds ordered new masked mandates.
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