Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert in America, and who was a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, says he hasn’t provided a briefing to the president over the current state of the pandemic in two months.
This sort of seems like a bad idea, right? Shouldn’t our leadership be briefed on what is happening with the virus, given how bad Fauci and others like him have said this illness truly is?
Fauci conducted an interview with the Financial Times where he explained the reputation he has earned for not being someone who “sugar-coats things,” and says this character trait is probably what led to him not being included in TV interviews.
Here’s more from The Washington Examiner:
In March and April, Fauci’s appearances at the regular White House briefings turned him into a media sensation as he delivered no-nonsense updates on the spread of the disease, even as President Trump was predicting the worst was over.Trending:
But now, he says he has not seen the president at the White House since June 2 and that he has not briefed Trump in at least two months, although he is “sure” his messages are passed along.
“I have a reputation, as you probably have figured out, of speaking the truth at all times and not sugar-coating things,” he said. “And that may be one of the reasons why I haven’t been on television very much lately.”
Fauci recently stated that dropping the coronavirus restrictions too early could cause a massive spike in cases, somewhere in the ballpark of 100,000 new cases a day, a warning that didn’t please folks at the White House who are eagerly pushing to get kids back in school and all non-essential businesses running at full capacity.
He also commented on the president saying that 99 percent of coronavirus cases were “harmless.”
“I’m trying to figure out where the president got that number,” the doctor said. “What I think happened is that someone told him that the general mortality is about one percent. And he interpreted, therefore, that 99% is not a problem, when that’s obviously not the case.”
President Trump recently told Sean Hannity, “Dr. Fauci is a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes.”
Clearly, there’s quite a bit of tension between these two and rightfully so. Much of what Fauci has said about the coronavirus has been inaccurate. The measures he suggested almost destroyed our economy.
That doesn’t mean the virus isn’t serious, but there’s a lot of conflicting information available out there, and it’s making it difficult for people to function in the real world. The real world does not stop because of a virus. It cannot stop. Therefore, different solutions to the problems we face need to be developed.
Fauci doesn’t seem to like that approach.
Guess we’ll have to wait and see where it goes in the future.