Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said former President Donald Trump had tried to get him to downplay the severity of the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 25.6 million individuals tested positive for COVID-19 in America as of Sunday, and more than 429,000 deaths have been attributed to the virus. At the time, Fauci’s routine public controversy with Trump’s pandemic allegations drew a sharp response from MAGA supporters, who chanted “Fauci’s dismissal!” At election rallies.
He is now working for President Biden’s administration, Fauzi said The New York Times, in an interview published Sunday that Trump called on him to be optimistic ̵
“I would try to express the seriousness of the situation, and the president’s response has always been to ‘Well, it’s not that bad, is it?’ And I would say, “Yes, it’s so bad,” he recalls.
“It was almost a reflex reaction, trying to keep you to a minimum. Not saying “I want you to minimize it,” but “Oh, really, was it that bad?” Fauchi continued.
“There were a few times when I was going to make a statement that was pessimistic about where we were going, and the president called me and said, ‘Hey, why aren’t you more positive?’ to take a positive attitude. Why are you so negativistic? Be more positive. “
Fauci also expressed concern about how Trump would take the views of his business colleagues and others on pandemic issues as important information.
“It was clear that he was getting information from people who called him, I don’t know who, people he knew from business, saying, ‘Hey, I heard about this medicine, isn’t it great?’ “Or” Boy, this recovery plasma is really phenomenal, “he said. “He would take their opinion just as seriously – based on no data, just an anecdote – that something could really be important. It wasn’t just hydroxychloroquine, it was a variety of alternative medicine approaches.”
Trump accepted the use of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, to treat coronavirus in its early stages. Last year, he tweeted that the drug was a “cure for Covid.” His support for the drug, which has unproven efficacy against the virus, is directly contrary to the guidelines of the Federal Health Agency. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against using COVID-19 outside of a hospital setting or clinical trial due to the risk of heart rhythm problems.
Fauci said he tried to “calmly explain” to Trump that the drugs had to pass a clinical trial, but the former president would say, “Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, these things really work. . “
Newsweek turned to Trump officials for comment.