Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday slammed President Trump's pick of Vice President Pence as the leader of the Trump administration's coronavirus containment effort, claiming that Pence "literally does not believe in science."
Ocasio-Cortez made the claim on Twitter shortly after Trump announced Pence's new position, calling it "utterly irresponsible" to put him at the helm of the United States' response to the coronavirus threat.
The New York congresswoman cited an article from The Verge which claimed that Pence's policies as governor of Indiana "led to the state's worst outbreak of HIV."
"He is not a medical doctor. He is not a health expert. He is not qualified nor positioned in any way to protect our public health," Ocasio-Cortez said.