Fauci and Trump still don't seem to be on the same page about the COVID-19 Pandemic
Top government infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said he disagreed with President Donald Trump’s assessment that the United States has “rounded the corner” on the coronavirus pandemic, saying the statistics are disturbing.
Trump who has admitted playing down the severity of the virus since it emerged early this Presidential election year, said he believed the United States was “rounding the corner” on the crisis.
Contrary to this Fauci said , “ I have to disagree with that, because if you look at the thing that you just mentioned, the statistics….they are disturbing.”
When asked about the outdoor campaign rallies that Trump has resumed, both Democratic rival Joe Biden and Fauci said it was “absolutely” risky.
“Just because you’re outdoors does not mean that you’re protected, particularly if you’re in a crowd and you’re not wearing masks,”he said.
He said the U.S. is starting the flu season with a high baseline around 40,000 new cases a day and deaths are averaging around 1,000daily. He thinks it is important to get those infection rates down before the autumn and winter seasons when people will be spending more time indoors. He hopes the country did not see a spike in cases after the Labor Day weekend as it did after other long holiday weekends in May.
Fauci who has contradicted Trump’s statements about the virus, denies the administration is pressuring him to keep quiet. “Anybody that tries to tell me what to say publicly, if they know anything about me, realizes that’s a fool’s errand, no one is ever going to pressure me or nuzzle me to say anything publicly,”Fauci said.
Fauci also openly admitted that there have been “disagreement between him and the White House, adding that there would be “some disagreement in what we say and what comes out from the White House.”
Earlier in April the the President had reposted a Twitter message that said “Time to #FireFauci” in response to Fauci acknowledging that shutting down the country earlier could have saved lives.
Reporter: Shriya D