- The Washington Times - Monday, December 21, 2020

Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, is defending her trip to Delaware after she came under fire for visiting with family during Thanksgiving weekend while urging the rest of America to stay home.

Dr. Birx repeatedly urged Americans to limit holiday gatherings to people within their immediate households, but The Associated Press revealed Sunday that she traveled on Nov. 27 to one of her vacation properties on Fenwick Island where she spent at least two days visiting with three generations of her family from two different households.

Dr. Birx declined to be interviewed by the AP but defended the purpose of her Delaware visit, saying it was to winterize the property before a potential sale.

“I did not go to Delaware for the purpose of celebrating Thanksgiving,” she said in a statement, adding that her family shared a meal together during the trip.

Dr. Birx and her husband have a home in Washington and another in nearby Potomac, Maryland, where her elderly parents, and her daughter and family live, the AP reported. Dr. Birx told the news outlet that everyone involved in the trip belonged to her “immediate household,” but acknowledged they live in two different homes.

“She cavalierly violated her own guidance,” Kathleen Flynn, whose brother is married to Dr. Birx’s daughter who lives in the Potomac house, told the AP.

Ms. Flynn said she reported Dr. Birx’s behavior out of concern for her own parents, adding that she is currently estranged from her brother and has never met Dr. Birx. Ms. Flynn’s parents apparently frequently visit the Potomac home to watch after their grandchildren.

During a Nov. 29 CBS interview, while she was still in Delaware, Dr. Birx told host Margaret Brennan that people who gathered over Thanksgiving or traveled had made “mistakes” and should assume they have COVID-19, the AP reported.

“We know people may have made mistakes over the Thanksgiving time period,” she said on “Face the Nation.” “So if you’re young and you gathered, you need to be tested about five to 10 days later. But you need to assume that you’re infected and not go near your grandparents and aunts and others without a mask. We’re really asking families to even mask indoors if they chose to gather during Thanksgiving and others went across the country or even into the next state.”

Dr. Birx was slammed for appearing to violate her own advisories.

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