Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that former President Donald Trump tried to make him play down the severity of the coronavirus pandemic.
As of Sunday, more than 25.6 million people in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19, and 429,000 deaths have been attributed to the virus. At that time, the conventional public contradiction between Fauci and Trump’s pandemic statement aroused strong opposition from MAGA supporters, who would chant “Expulse Fauci!”
Fauci’s work on the current President Biden’s government of New York TimesIn an interview published on Sunday, Trump urged him to remain optimistic, even if things go badly.
“I will try to express the seriousness of the situation, and the president̵
“It’s almost a reflex, trying to coax you to minimize it. It’s not like,’I want you to minimize it, but’Oh, really, is that that bad?” Fauci continued.
“A few times I will make a statement, pessimistic about our way forward, and the president will call me and say:’Hey, why are you not more positive? You have taken a positive attitude. Why are you so negative? More positive.”
Fauci also expressed concern about how Trump uses the opinions of his business colleagues and others on pandemic-related issues as important information.
“Obviously, he is getting input from the person who called him. I don’t know who he is saying from someone who knows,’Hey, I’ve heard of this drug, isn’t it great?’ Or, “Boy, this recovery plasma is really great,” “he said. “He will take their opinions seriously-based on no data, just anecdotes-that may indeed be important. This is not only hydroxychloroquine, but also a method of multiple alternative drug types.”
Trump supports the use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine in the early treatment of coronavirus. Last year, he posted a controversial statement on Twitter, calling the drug “Covid’s treatment.” However, his support for the drug (the efficacy of this drug against the virus has not been proven) directly violates the guidelines of the federal health agency. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns against using it for COVID-19 outside of hospitals or clinical trials due to the risk of heart rhythm problems.
Fauci said that he tried to “calmly explain” to Trump that the drug requires clinical trials, but the former president would say: “Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, these things are really useful .”
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