Dr. Fauci To Media: Stop Trying To Create A Rift Between President Trump And Me
The mainstream media says daily that there is a widening rift between President Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci, an immunologist who serves as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
But there isn’t. Never was.
“I would wish that that would stop because we have a much bigger problem here than trying to point out differences,” the nation’s top infectious diseases expert said in a radio interview on Tuesday. “When I have made recommendations he’s taken them; he’s never countered or overridden me.
The idea of pitting one against the other is just not helpful. I wish that would stop and we’d look ahead at the challenge we have to pull together to get over this thing,” the doctor said.
Fauci appeared for an interview on WMAL’s “Mornings on the Mall” in Washington, D.C., where host Mary Walter asked about the 15-day timeline Trump put in place on March 16 but on Monday suggested he will revisit sooner.
“This is something that’s under under very intense discussion. What the president is trying to do is to balance the public health issues with the fact this is having an enormous impact on the economy of the country which may actually, indirectly even, cause an incredible amount of harm and difficulty, even health-wise. So it’s a delicate balancing act which the president is trying to get right. We’re under very intense discussions right now about what the most appropriate timeline is and if we do modify it, how to modify it,” Fauci said.
“The president has the awesome responsibility of considering every aspect of this. I just give public health advice completely clean, unconnected with anything else. He has to factor in other things. And that’s the way he operates; he takes in advice from a number of people from a number of different vantage points and then he makes his decision,” the doctor said.
Fauci also applauded the president for the quick actions he took to stem the spread of the virus.
It is extremely important to look at and take into very serious consideration what goes on in other countries. Every country is a bit different in some way, but we learn a lot. We learn a lot from China and we’re learning a lot from Italy. Italy has a very good health care system; Italy has a lot of very good people who are on this and they’re going through a very difficult time, so that’s one of the things that’s very concerning.
I believe Italy got into this much trouble for a number of reasons which hopefully we have avoided, namely the influx of cases from China were not shut off immediately in Italy and one of the important things that we did was the president’s decision to very early on, stop the influx, first from China, and now from Europe, particularly the countries Italy, France and others, the entire European Union. Because one of the things that feeds the country is when you have influx of cases from outside. Once they’re here, then it’s up to us to mitigate the spread throughout the country.