A growing number of US doctors are calling for Trump to step aside as head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In a letter sent to the president on Thursday, the American Medical Association (AMA) said Trump’s visit to the hospital in Atlanta on Friday was “the first time the president has visited the nation’s primary healthcare provider” since the onset of the pandemic.
The AMA said it was concerned about Trump’s “continued reliance on the CDC as a trusted source of information about public health and infectious disease threats”.
“While we agree with the President that the CDC must be an integral part of any national response, we are concerned that the administration’s continued reliance on CDC sources and information to support its policies, has the potential to seriously undermine public health efforts in the United States,” the letter reads.
Trump has been at the forefront of a string of anti-vaccine policies, including restricting travel from the US and banning the importation of vaccines.
He has also repeatedly blamed China and North Korea for the outbreak.
On Friday, Trump arrived at the Atlanta Hospital to attend the CDC’s annual conference, a gathering of health professionals.
“It was a beautiful day,” Trump said to cheers at the hospital’s conference center.
“We have a big crowd.
It was really good.”