Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, was recently on a panel where he stated that the people of the United States would need to “hunker down” to fight COVID-19. With fall and winter right around the corner, the situation looks grim.
During the panel, Dr. Fauci stated, “We’ve been through this before. Don’t ever, ever underestimate the potential of the pandemic. And don’t try to look at the rosy side of things.”
5. Flu Season and COVID-19
With winter ending in the world’s southern hemisphere, many countries are increasing their efforts to stop the spread of the virus while reducing the impact of the seasonal flu outbreak. Sadly, the report states that it was uncertain that the northern hemisphere would have much success.
“This could be one of the worst seasons we’ve had from a public health perspective with COVID and flu coming together. But it also could be one of the best flu seasons we’ve had,” stated Dr. Robert Redfield, the current director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
4. Bob Woodward’s Recordings
On the Daily Briefing, John Roberts asked Fauci if he believed that President Trump had willfully played down the COVID-19 pandemic as he had stated he did on Bob Woodward’s recordings.
Fauci’s answer was, “No, I didn’t. I didn’t get any sense that he was distorting anything. I mean in my discussions with him, they were always straightforward about the concerns that we had. We related that to him. And when he would go out, I’d hear him discussing the same sort of things. He would often say, ‘We just got through with a briefing with the group from the task force,’ and would talk about it. So, it may have happened, but I have not seen that kind of distortion.”
Respected Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward had recently made public an audio interview that he had with President Trump back in February. During the discussion, Trump acknowledged that COVID-19 was extremely dangerous, and he acknowledged the fact that he had downplayed its dangers and severity to the American people. The president stated that he wanted “to play it down” to avoid panicking the population.
Interestingly, even though Trump admitted in the Woodward interview that the virus was severe and deadly, he continued to have public rallies and refused to don a face mask in public for months. In addition, the president compared the virus to the common flu to make it sound far less deadly.
3. Trump’s Defense of His Actions
Despite these dire decisions and acknowledgments, Trump continued to defend his decision and handling of the virus. He kept saying that his travel ban had been enacted early and saved many.
Although Fauci has tried to stay out of the limelight and avoids commenting on the Woodward interviews, he has admitted that “it may have happened” but then backpedaled to say that the discussions had not involved him. In his words, “I’m a small frame in the big picture of what goes on.”
Fauci went on to say, “I don’t want to get involved in the kind of stuff that is distracting to the kind of things I’m trying to do and we’re all trying to do with this outbreak.”
2. Fauci’s Statements About the President
Woodward’s book states that Fauci has said the following about President Trump: “His attention span is like a minus number, a separate channel.” He went on to say that the president changes the subject when challenged. Fauci is reported to have said that Trump’s “sole focus is to get reelected”.
In the interviews with Woodward, Fauci was also said to have stated he was disappointed that the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, continued to behave like a cheerleader for the president and acts “as if everything was great”.
1. Fauci’s Position with the Coronavirus Task Force
Initially, Fauci was a leading figure in Trump’s daily coronavirus task force, but over time he was sidelined as divisions with the president and his failure to handle the outbreak grew. Fauci has made it well know that he supported quarantines and has been outspoken in questioning many of Trump’s unproven remedies and medical statements.
The relationship between Trump and Fauci continued to cool until July, when an entire breakdown took place. The president started to become irritated and almost jealous of Fauci’s approval ratings.
From the beginning, Trump has made it sound like COVID-19 was not serious. The president ignored dozens of warnings issued by medical and intelligence officials. He also cut funding to public health agencies and set out to devalue medical experts like Fauci. Clearly, President Trump’s agenda has been to spread misinformation about COVID-19.