The White House, in an attempt to downplay the dangers presented by the novel coronavirus as it moves forward with plans to reopen public schools in August, is now trying to question the credibility of Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the key members of the Trump administration’s corona task force, The Washington Post reports.
Over the weekend, according to The Post, the administration sent a statement to several media outlets in an effort to discredit Fauci:
“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.'”
President Donald Trump has also been directly involved in the trash Fauci, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity just last week:
“(Fauci) is a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes.”
NBC News, which received a copy of the statement from the White House, noted that the information the administration is peddling regarding Fauci has all the hallmarks of political opposition research:
“Many of the past statements the White House is criticizing Fauci for are ones that were based on the best available data at the time and were widely echoed by Trump, other members of the task force and senior White House officials. As Surgeon General Jerome Adams told CBS News on Sunday, ‘When you learn more, you change those recommendations. Our recommendations have changed.'”
Additionally, on “Meet the Press” Sunday, Admiral Brett Giroir, who also serves on the coronavirus task force, remarked:
“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.”
Considering that the issue involves a contagious disease that is a threat to the health of every American, isn’t it completely appropriate to view the matter from a public health point of view? Not in the Trump administration, which seems hell-bent on watching the death toll rise in their efforts to make sure they protect the bottom line of corporations and get the president reelected.
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