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Fauci Defends Trump, Says President Has Listened to Experts on COVID


Both Democrats and the media had high hopes for Dr. Anthony Fauci, leader of the Trump Administration’s Coronavirus Task Force. In the past, Fauci hasn’t been afraid to correct statements made by the President, who doesn’t hold a medical degree.

It seems, however, that their hopes have now been dashed.

While questioned during a press conference on Monday, Fauci explicitly stated that the President has listened to the advice of health experts and taken action in accordance with their advice.

This runs contrary to the mainstream media’s portrayal of the President as an ignoramus who has ingnored everything put in front of him.

Fox News provides details from the press conference:

Fauci said during the daily White House coronavirus task force briefing that his comments Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” were incomplete and that the president was not to blame for the havoc COVID-19 has wreaked on the country.

Fauci on Sunday said: “I mean, obviously, you could the White House logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives. Obviously, no one is going to deny that. But, what goes into those kinds of decisions is complicated.”

Summoned to the podium by Trump, Fauci tried to dispel the interpretation that his comments meant “that maybe someone was at fault here,” before going on to defend Trump and say that the president has heeded the advice of public health officials every time they’ve offered suggestions.

The comments created a firestorm of controversy that the president was planning on firing Fauci, which reached a fever pitch once Trump retweeted a message that included the hashtag “#FireFauci.”

The administration tried on Monday to clear up the matter by saying that the reaction to the post missed the point and that Trump was just trying to respond to a media “falsehood” about the coronavirus response.

“This media chatter is ridiculous – President Trump is not firing Dr. Fauci.  The President’s tweet clearly exposed media attempts to maliciously push a falsehood about his China decision in an attempt to rewrite history,” White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement.

During Monday’s press briefing, Fauci denied that the president of anybody in the administration had pressured him into clarifying his comments.

“Everything I do is voluntary,” Fauci said. “Please don’t even imply that.”

Watch the clip of Dr. Fauci’s response below:



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