The White House press service explained that this would be “counterproductive” at the moment.
The administration of Donald Trump has banned the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and infectious diseases, Anthony Fauci, from speaking at a congressional hearing.
On May 6, the House Appropriations Committee plans to hold a hearing analyzing the actions of the Trump administration in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.
The White House press service explained that speaking at the hearing of officials leading efforts to counter the epidemic would be “counterproductive.”
The press statement also indicated that the White House intends to work with Congress to have Fauci speak at the hearing “at an appropriate time.”
Leaders of the Democrats who control the US House of Representatives have repeatedly called for a wide-scale investigation of the administration’s actions to combat the coronavirus epidemic, which has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of Americans.