WASHINGTON D.C — (07-12-20) — The White House press office released a statement on Sunday to multiple media outlets trying to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci — one of the top members of the White House task force on the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.
Fauci’s public sidelining had been noticeable over the past two weeks. Fauci has made less frequent media appearances and just last week on CBS’ Face the Nation, the anchor said their attempts to book Dr. Fauci haven’t been approved for months.
In fact over the past two weeks, the president has made it clear he doesn’t agree with Dr. Fauci’s opinions while pushing for schools grades K-12 to reopen.
According to the Washington Post, White House insiders have said that Fauci has been privately sidelined:
“Fauci no longer briefs Trump and is “never in the Oval [Office] anymore,” said a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Fauci last spoke to the president during the first week of June, according to a person with knowledge of Trump’s calendar.”
Over the past several weeks including at Congressional hearings, Dr. Fauci has been critical of the U.S. response in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
The Washington Post reported that unnamed official provided the paper a statement criticizing its own top expert for being “wrong” early on:
“A White House official released a statement saying that “several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things” and included a lengthy list of the scientist’s comments from early in the outbreak. Those included his early doubt that people with no symptoms could play a significant role in spreading the virus — a notion based on earlier outbreaks that the novel coronavirus would turn on its head. They also point to public reassurances Fauci made in late February, around the time of the first U.S. case of community transmission, that “at this moment, there is no need to change anything that you’re doing on a day-by-day basis.”
NBC News reported on the same White House statement this afternoon in a report headlined “White House seeks to discredit Fauci amid coronavirus surge,”.
On Sunday, Admiral Brett Giroir was on Meet the Press and said…“I respect Dr. Fauci a lot, but Dr. Fauci is not 100% right, and he also doesn’t necessarily — and he admits that — have the whole national interest in mind. He looks at it from a very narrow public health point of view.”
(Photo courtesy of Washington Post)
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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