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Trump And Fauci Battle Each Other Concerning Doctor's Praise On Coronavirus Response

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President Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci got in a little verbal sparring match over the weekend concerning the doctor’s praise for the Trump administration at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

The spat is the result of the Trump campaign releasing a political ad that features a quote by Fauci, who is an immunologist and serves as the director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and who is also a big player on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, saying he “can’t imagine…that anybody could be doing more.”

The commercial is 30 seconds in length and is currently running in the key battleground state of Michigan.

via Daily Wire:

“President Trump is recovering from the coronavirus, and so is America,” the ad’s narrator says. “Together we rose to meet the challenge, protecting our seniors, getting them life-saving drugs in record time, sparing no expense.” The ad then cuts to Fauci for his “can’t imagine” quote.

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While there’s no date attributed to the quote, CNN reported that it came from a March interview on Fox News. “During that interview, Fauci praised the White House coronavirus task force’s round-the-clock effort to respond to the pandemic, which he says included numerous White House meetings and late-night phone calls,” CNN wrote.

Here’s the thing. Fauci might not have been offering Trump praise. As a true narcissist, he might actually have been giving himself praise. Guess humility isn’t one of his character traits.

“We’ve never had a threat like this,” CNN quotes Fauci as saying then. “The coordinated response has been… There are a number of adjectives to describe it — impressive, I think is one of them. We’re talking about all hands on deck. I, as one of many people on a team, I’m not the only person. Since the beginning, that we even recognized what this was, I have been devoting almost full time on this. I’m down at the White House virtually every day with the task force. It’s every single day. So, I can’t imagine that under any circumstances that anybody could be doing more.”

Fauci responded to the ad by saying that he doesn’t do politics and that the comment he made is being “taken out of context.”

“In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate,” Fauci said to CNN. “The comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign ad were taken out of context from a broad statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal public health officials.”

President Trump fired back on Twitter, “They are indeed Dr. Fauci’s own words. We have done a ‘phenomenal’ job, according to certain governors. Many people agree…And now come the Vaccines & Cures, long ahead of projections!”

Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh also pushed back against Fauci trying to downplay the comment, saying, “These are Dr. Fauci’s own words. The video is from a nationally broadcast television interview in which Dr. Fauci was praising the work of the Trump Administration. The words spoken are accurate, and directly from Dr. Fauci’s mouth.”

“As Dr. Fauci recently testified in the Senate, President Trump took the virus seriously from the beginning, acted quickly, and saved lives,” Murtaugh went on to say.

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