President Donald Trump during a “Fox News Sunday” interview with anchor Chris Wallace said he has “a very good relationship” with White House CCP Virus (coronavirus) task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci and characterized him as “a little bit of an alarmist.”
The president’s description of Fauci came after Wallace brought up a cartoon, shared by White House Director of Social Media Daniel Scavino.
“Dr. – Dr. – ‘Dr. Faucet,’ which shows him as a leaker and an alarmist,” said Wallace. “Why, why would you do that?”
“Well, I don’t know that he’s a leaker …” President Trump answered. “He’s a little bit of an alarmist. That’s OK. A little bit of an alarmist.”
President Trump indicated that Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “made some mistakes.”
“Dr. Fauci at the beginning said ‘This will pass, don’t worry about it this will pass.’ He was wrong. Dr. Fauci said, ‘Don’t ban China, don’t ban China.’ I did, he then admitted that I was right,” the president said. The president also said that Fauci had been wrong on the issue of wearing masks.
When asked about the lack of national plan that led to a surge of the virus cases and whether he takes responsibility, the president said he does. “Look I take responsibility always for everything because it’s ultimately my job too, I have to get everybody in line,” the president said. “Some governors have done well, some governors have done poorly. They’re supposed to have supplies they didn’t have, I supplied everybody.”
New York has the most CCP Virus cases of any state in the United States. The state has seen more than 400,000 cases of coronavirus and nearly 28,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. However, Fauci on Friday praised New York’s handling of the pandemic.
“When you do it properly, you bring down those cases. … We have done it in New York. New York got hit worse than any place in the world. And they did it correctly,” Fauci told “PBS NewsHour.”
Fauci’s comments were roundly condemned as critics pointed to New York’s highest death toll in the nation and its controversial nursing home order.
“These comments by Dr. Fauci are a slap in the face to the thousands of New Yorkers who suffered immensely due to the inept and fatal policy errors from Governor Andrew Cuomo,” Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) tweeted.
These comments by Dr. Fauci are a slap in the face to the thousands of New Yorkers who suffered immensely due to the inept and fatal policy errors from Governor Andrew Cuomo. https://t.co/NyxtoJf1Vh
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) July 18, 2020
“The President gave them thousands of ventilators, 3,000 beds in Javits and the USS Comfort,” said St. Francis Hospital director of men’s health Dr. David Samadi. “Still, the families of 6,000–10,000 people who unnecessarily died in nursing homes because of a bewildering executive order would disagree with your assessment.”
The President gave them thousands of ventilators, 3,000 beds in Javits and the USS Comfort.
Still, the families of 6,000 – 10,000 people who unnecessarily died in nursing homes because of a bewildering executive order would disagree with your assessment. https://t.co/AUzxIiLi9J
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) July 19, 2020