Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director, surprisingly disputed the claims of journalist Bob Woodward. The journalist earlier said that the president intentionally understated the COVID-19 pandemic.
Woodward quoted the president saying he wanted to downplay the pandemic to prevent panic amongst the citizens.
However, Woodward’s claim was also refuted by the president, saying that he referred to his mitigations and management. President Trump was referring to how he handled the overblown pandemic.
During the press conference, the president added that he wanted to cheer his people and not add a burden to the already frightened Americans. As the country’s leader, his people are always in his best interest. He didn’t want to agitate the citizens as several would most likely overreact.
President Trump further said that the government doesn’t want to cause panic, more so to jump up and down, start shouting, and reiterate that there is a tremendous problem.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has always sided the Democrats and media, seconded the president. He aided President Trump on Wednesday and said that the president has ever been truthful about the COVID-19 pandemic during his conferences and addresses to the Americans.
Dr. Fauci’s statement came as a surprise as he is widely known to be a Democrat’s ally. He said that the president would always get the facts and discuss them straightforwardly. He didn’t hear him distorting the facts and would actually relay the same matter during conferences.
According to Dr. Fauci, whatever has been briefed with the president is accurately communicated to the public. He wonders where the distortion context came from, as he has always known President Trump as a straight talker. The president listened to the experts’ advice and closely followed them together with his advisors in fighting the deadly COVID-19.
Woodward’s report was ridiculous as the director doesn’t recall inconsistencies between the president’s public announcement and what has been discussed closed doors.
The NIAID Director continued that he hasn’t checked yet Woodward’s claims as it has just been published. According to him, the discussions between him, the president, and even the discussions with the other task force members with Trump are about the pandemic’s real situation. They always base the deliberations on cold hard facts.
The team would then present the deliberation results during press conferences, which is very usual.
Dr. Fauci said that he never heard the president discuss things to the media that are out of context from their previous deliberations. The president doesn’t announce differently than during the task force group’s meetings.
“I didn’t see any differences between what the president told us and what we told him, and what he said publicly,” stated Dr. Fauci.
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