Hey, President Trump, That’s Dr. Birx—not “Deborah”

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Pictured: Ambassador Dr. Deborah Birx speaks at a roundtable discussion at Windhoek Central Hospital in Namibia. (George W. Bush Presidential Center)

On March 29, the White House Coronavirus Task Force led a press conference about the state of the disease across the United States. Trump offered Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a chance at the podium. He was followed by coronavirus response coordinator, physician and diplomat, Dr. Deborah Birx.

The surprising difference? Trump referred to Dr. Fauci by his title and last name—and Dr. Birx simply by her first name.

Later, while attending a virtual town hall for Fox News, Trump did it again, saying he “will be guided very much by Dr. Fauci and Deborah.”

Both individuals are world-renowned in their perspective fields and have earned medical degrees. So why does…

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