Trump questions his approval rating and walks back comments on doctor who promotes dubious theories

President Trump on Tuesday questioned the accuracy of the approval rating for his administration's coronavirus response. He also retracted his endorsement of a doctor who has promoted questionable health theories.

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DONALD TRUMP: You know, it's interesting. He's got a very good approval rating and I like that. It's good. Because, remember, he's working for this administration. He's working with us, John. We could have gotten other people. We could have gotten somebody else, it didn't have to be Dr. Fauci. He's working with our administration.

And for the most part, we've done pretty much what he and others, Dr. Birx and others who are terrific, recommended. And he's got this high approval rating. So, why don't I have a high approval rating with respect-- and the administration, with respect to the virus?

We should have a very high-- because what we've done in terms of-- we're just reading off about the masks and the gowns and the ventilators and numbers that nobody's seen, and the testing. At 55 million tests, we tested more than anybody in the world. I have a graph that I'd love to show you, perhaps you've seen it, where we're up here and the rest of the world is down at a level that's just a tiny fraction of what we've done in terms of testing.

So, it sort of is curious. A man works for us, with us very closely, Doctor Fauci-- and Dr. Birx, also highly thought f-- and yet, they're highly thought of but nobody likes me. It can only be my personality, that's all.

Go ahead.

- The woman that you said is a great doctor, in that video that you retweeted last night, said that masks don't work and there is a cure for COVID-19, both of which health experts say is not true. She's also made videos saying that doctors make medicine using DNA from aliens and that they're trying to create a vaccine to make you immune from becoming religious.

DONALD TRUMP: Maybe it's a sign, maybe it's not. But I can't-- I can tell you this. She was on-air along with many other doctors, they were big fans of hydroxychloroquine. And I thought she was very impressive in the sense that where she came. I don't know which country she comes from, but she said that she's had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients. And I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.

Yeah, go ahead, Paul.

- Last week, she said masks--

DONALD TRUMP: Go ahead.

- Last week-- real quick--

DONALD TRUMP: OK. Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you.

- On the COVID relief bill, you said masks do--

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