Cruz accuses Fauci of playing politics with COVID-19 after a recent comment about hospitalized children

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Late. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and top critic of Dr. Anthony Fauci, late Thursday on Twitter, accused the top pathologist of editing his message when it comes to COVID-19 hospitalizations under the Biden administration.

Cruz retweeted an interview Fauci had on MSNBC in which he talked about the worrying number of children in the hospital with the virus. Fauci made it clear that there is a distinction between the number of children hospitalized with COVID as opposed to “because of COVID.”

“And what we mean by that: if a child enters the hospital, they are automatically tested for COVID, and they are considered a COVID hospitalized individual when they can actually go in for a broken leg or appendicitis or something. “So. So it’s over counting the number of kids who are, quote, hospitalized with COVID as opposed to because of COVID,” Fauci said.

Dr.  Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to the president, gestures while answering a question from a reporter after giving an update on the Omicron COVID-19 variant during the daily press briefing at 6 p.m.  the White House on December 1, 2021. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images)

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Chief Medical Advisor to the president, gestures while answering a question from a reporter after giving an update on the Omicron COVID-19 variant during the daily press briefing at 6 p.m. the White House on December 1, 2021. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker / Getty Images)

Cruz wrote, “Now Fauci is saying this? Is it because pandemic politics has changed for the Biden administrator?”

Late.  Ted Cruz, has been a vocal critic of Dr.  Anthony Fauci.  Photographer: Sarah Silbiger / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Late. Ted Cruz, has been a vocal critic of Dr. Anthony Fauci. Photographer: Sarah Silbiger / Bloomberg via Getty Images
(Sarah Silbiger / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Fauci’s comments came after a record-breaking increase in children in the United States being “hospitalized with COVID.” During the week 22.-28. December, an average of 378 children aged 17 and under were admitted daily to coronavirus hospitals, an increase of 66% from the previous week. The Associated Press reported that children continue to represent a small number of cases due to COVID-19.

Cruz’s tweet comes at a time when the Biden administration is facing new criticism of its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Critics say Biden defeated former President Trump because he promised to take control of the virus, but he admitted this week that there is “no federal solution.”

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“This is being resolved at the state level … and it’s ultimately coming down to where the rubber meets the road, and that’s where the patient needs help or prevents the need for help,” Biden said.

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The editors of the Wall Street Journal pointed out that Biden, as presidential candidate in 2020, promised “to shut down the virus, not the country.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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