NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent called on White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Deborah Birx to disavow an “unscientific” study Sunday on the “Meet the Press” roundtable. Mitchell said Birx ought to disavow the study suggesting that sunlight kills the coronavirus or make “like Jim Mattis, and quit.”
ANDREA MITCHELL, NBC NEWS: I think the president is going his own way with misinformation with those daily briefings, which we now are told he is suspending. He’s finally backing off. I’ll believe it when I see it after this weekend as to whether he resumes. Because he so needs to fill his own demand, his need for self-congratulation really and for — to show what he believes is leadership. That we’ve seen dangerous, toxic advice coming from the White House. And unfortunately, I think that the credibility of the scientists really now is on the line, that they have to decide whether to stay inside and be valuable or whether or not they have to see another alternative, like Jim Mattis, and quit. Because when Dr. Birx said to you today that sunlight does kill the virus, she is perpetuating an unscientific, untested single study presented by a non-scientist from the Department of Homeland Security which led to the president, as she put it, not fully digesting the data. She needed to be very clear on disavowing it. And to this point, she still has not been even this morning.