Trump Admin Tries to Smear Dr. Fauci After He Speaks Bluntly About COVID-19 Pandemic That Has Killed Over 137,000 Americans
The Trump administration is trying to smear the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, because he is speaking bluntly about the COVID-19 virus that has set new records of infections and killed over 137,000 Americans.
Fauci debunked President Donald Trump’s false claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are “totally harmless“ during an interview with the Financial Times on July 10:
I’m trying to figure out where the president got that number. What I think happened is that someone told him that the general mortality is about 1 percent. And he interpreted, therefore, that 99 percent is not a problem, when that’s obviously not the case.
In an effort to discredit Fauci, an unidentified a White House official told NBC News that “several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things” early during the pandemic.
However, the 79-year-old scientist’s statements were based on the best available data at the time, and were repeated by Trump himself and other Trump officials.
A senior Trump administration official told the Washington Post that the White House has canceled Fauci’s TV appearances and that Fauci is “never in the Oval [Office] anymore” to brief Trump.
CBS News host Margaret Brennan told viewers on July 12 that “Face the Nation” had tried for three months to interview Fauci.
Fauci has still found ways to get his science-based message out to the public with Facebook videos and podcasts.
Fauci told the FiveThirtyEight podcast on July 9 how bad things were getting:
As a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don’t think you can say we’re doing great. I mean, we’re just not.