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The Daily BeastJul 12, 2020
Coronavirus Testing Czar Pushes Back on Trump's Criticism of CDC Guidelines
Adm. Brett Giroir, the Assistant Secretary for Health who also leads the administration's coronavirus testing efforts, on Sunday seemingly pushed back against President Donald Trump's recent criticism of the Centers for Disease Control's guidelines for reopening schools this fall.

Last week, amid his aggressive pressure campaign to force all local school districts to fully reopen this fall despite a massive surge in coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump complained that the CDC's guidance on safely reopening schools was "very tough" and "expensive."

Despite Vice President Mike Pence suggesting new recommendations would be issued in the following days, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield contradicted the White House, noting that while there would be "additional reference documents" those documents "are not a revision of the guidelines."

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The Daily BeastJul 12, 2020
The World Looks at an America That Lost Its Way
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyI have spent most of my life as an attorney traveling to scores of countries around the world, but only recently did I set about systematically asking people what they thought of my country, the United States.

It was just after the midterm elections in 2018, when a great many voters showed that they desperately wanted to move America in directions different from the ones the Trump administration had charted for them. Opinions were so divergent and so bitterly divided. It struck me that by posing a series of questions to thoughtful people in dozens of countries—people who had some experience of America—one might gain perspectives useful to us here at home. 

Over time, 100 individuals from 32 countries volunteered to answer 15 questions. But, over time, cataclysmic events affected perceptions. I had to go back to my respondents after the onset of the COVID pandemic with a new set of questions. I may ask them still more about the impact of George Floyd's killing and the outrage that followed.

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