President Donald Trump in March stated he did not have “a number of time” to satisfy with Dr. Anthony Fauci because the coronavirus pandemic surged throughout the US, in accordance with newly launched audio from an interview with journalist Bob Woodward.
Trump hailed Fauci within the March 19 interview as a “sharp man” who has “completed it earlier than,” however when pressed if he had met with the nation’s main infectious illness skilled one-on-one for a greater understanding of the virus, the President supplied: “Sure, I suppose, however actually there’s not a number of time for that, Bob.”
“It is a busy White Home,” Trump defined. “We have got a number of issues occurring. After which this got here up.”
The admission may gasoline recent scrutiny: The President’s concession that he had restricted time for Fauci, the director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments and a member of the White Home’s coronavirus activity drive, within the early weeks of the pandemic is more likely to gasoline recent scrutiny of his dealing with of the outbreak, which has contaminated greater than 7.three million individuals within the US, together with Trump himself.
In a video posted to Twitter from his suite in Walter Reed Nationwide Medical Heart — the place Trump has stayed since Friday when he was airlifted to the ability from the White Home — the President boasted that being handled for Covid-19 is “the actual faculty” and that he is “realized so much” concerning the virus greater than six months into the pandemic.
“This is not the ‘let’s learn the guide’ faculty, and I get it and I perceive it, and it is a very fascinating factor,” Trump stated within the video posted Sunday. “And I’ll be letting you recognize about it.”
Trump’s March concession of not prioritizing time for Fauci additionally underscores the stress that has outlined their relationship all through the pandemic.
Trump already admitted he performed the virus down: In beforehand launched interview tapes, Trump admitted to Woodward that he knew weeks earlier than the primary confirmed US coronavirus demise that the virus was harmful, airborne, extremely contagious and “extra lethal than even your strenuous flus.”
“That is lethal stuff,” Trump informed Woodward on February 7.
And on March 19, the identical day Trump stated he did not have a number of time to satisfy with Fauci, he additionally informed Woodward he “needed to at all times play it down.”
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