Mainstream media has again attempted to attack the president, this time alleging comments he made about downplaying the CCP Virus mean that he doesn’t care about Americans’ well-being.
That can be exposed as a lie, as the president took action within 10 days of the first case of the virus being confirmed in Wuhan.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, refuted any claims against President Trump that his response to the pandemic caused by the CCP Virus was distorted.
On Wednesday, Sept. 9, Fauci’s response came after author Bob Woodward’s recorded audio conversations with the president in February and March were published earlier in the day by The Washington Post.
President Trump told Woodward on March 19 that he purposely minimized the danger to the public. “I wanted to always play it down,” the president said. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
Dr. Fauci defended the president in his interview with John Roberts on Fox News. Roberts asked Fauci whether he thought the president had played down the seriousness of the virus.
“No, I didn’t,” Fauci responded. “I didn’t get any sense that he was distorting anything. I mean in my discussions with him, they were always straightforward about the concerns that we had. We related that to him. And when he would go out, I’d hear him discussing the same sort of things. He would often say, ‘We just got through with a briefing with the group from the task force,’ and would talk about it. So it may have happened, but I have not seen that kind of distortion.”
Woodward had stated that the president indicated in the conversations he had with him that he knew the virus was much more severe than he was telling the public.
“Was it your sense that this was very serious but that the public messaging was a little bit different?” Roberts asked Fauci.
“Um, you know, John, I really am hesitant to comment on that because I don’t know in what context we’re asking that question. I mean, obviously, when we would be speaking to the president we’d talk about the cold facts, he would get them,” responded Fauci.
“You know, often he would want to, you know, make sure that the country didn’t get down and out about things, I don’t recall anything that was any kind of gross distortion in things that I spoke to him about,” Fauci concluded. “I don’t think he ever distorted things that I spoke to him about.”
Fauci said he was happy with the way President Trump presented the facts about the virus to the public.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany came out in defense of the president, shortly after the Woodward/Trump audio was published in the Post. She said the president had acted as he should have, by staying calm, adding he “has never lied to the American public on COVID [CCP Virus].”
Fauci, referring to Woodward’s interviews with the president, said, “I didn’t really go over any of the text since it just came out,” adding, “but you know, in my discussions and the discussions of other task force members with the president, we’re talking about the reality of what was going on.
“And then when we would get up in front of the press conferences, which were very, very common after our discussions with the president, he really didn’t say anything different than we discussed when we were with him,” he went on. “I may not be tuned in to the right thing that they’re talking about. But, I didn’t see any discrepancies between what he told us and what we told him, and what he came out publicly and said.”