Andrea Mitchell fact-checks a flustered Trump spokesman in real-time

Andrea Mitchell did not allow Trump spokesman Peter Navarro to roll her like he does too many hosts. She checked him as he misinformed.

Andrea Mitchell checks Peter Navarro

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Andrea Mitchell normally gives Trump's spokespeople a lot of leeways. This time she did not. She gave Peter Navarro more time to speak than he deserved given that he was lying and gaslighting. That said, she checked him in real-time.

Mitchell challenged Navarro over the president pressuring the FDA for expanded use of antibody-rich blood plasma. The New York Times reported it as follows.

The Food and Drug Administration on Sunday gave emergency approval for expanded use of antibody-rich blood plasma to help hospitalized coronavirus patients, allowing President Trump, who has been pressuring the agency to move faster to address the pandemic, to claim progress on the eve of the Republican convention.

Mr. Trump cited the approval, which had been held up by concerns among top government scientists about the data behind it, as welcome news in fighting a disease that has led to 176,000 deaths in the United States and left the nation lagging far behind most others in the effectiveness of its response.

At a news briefing, he described the treatment as “a powerful therapy” made possible “by marshaling the full power of the federal government.”

Andrea Mitchell real-time checked Navarro on scientific methodology, the efficacy of plasma treatment, and more. Even as he bullied, she maintained her composure and persistent checks.

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  • August 26, 2020