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COVID in the White House

After coronavirus adviser predicts Trump's 'rapid recovery,' Chris Wallace points out he 'has no training in this area at all'

After President Trump's positive coronavirus test, his coronavirus task force adviser Dr. Scott Atlas predicted he'd make a "complete, full and rapid recovery." Chris Wallace is skeptical.

Atlas is on the task force despite specializing in radiology, not public health. He's also not Trump's personal physician. But he still told Fox News on Friday that there is "no reason to panic," because he anticipates Trump will make "a complete and full and rapid recovery back to normal after his necessary confinement period."

But as Wallace noted on the network not long after, "Dr. Scott Atlas is not an epidemiologist, is not an infectious disease specialist. He has no training in this area at all. There are a number of top people on the president's coronavirus task force who have had grave concerns about Scott Atlas and his scientific bona fides."

Also on Friday, Trump's former doctor Ronny Jackson — who hasn't treated the president in months — declared the president is "completely asymptomatic," and predicted he would stay that way in a Fox News appearance.

Not long after, the White House confirmed Trump actually does have mild coronavirus symptoms.