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U.S. deaths at 350,000. Fauci rebuts Trump, says count is real

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As the U.S. COVID-19 death toll surpassed 350,000 Sunday, President Trump claimed the country’s fatality count toll was “far exaggerated,” an assertion that was quickly refuted by the nation’s top infectious-diseases expert.

“The deaths are real deaths,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said in an ABC interview. “That’s not fake.”

Trump also suggested Sunday on Twitter that states, not the federal government, bore responsibility for a vaccine rollout lagging expectations. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti countered Trump’s assertion, saying states and municipalities had been denied crucial resources to move ahead more expeditiously.

“We have not been delivered what was promised at the national level,” Garcetti said on CBS’



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