Although it is true that administration officials did not approve of wearing masks in the early stages of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, the CDC began recommending the use of cloth masks when away from home until early April.
Fauci acknowledged in June that the administration was slowly promoting mitigation measures due to public health concerns about the lack of personal protective equipment in the United States.
Trump’s reference to the World Health Organization seems to refer to a statement made last week by the UN agency’s Covid-19 special envoy, which called on countries not to use blockades as “the main means of controlling the virus.”
However, the United States only implemented a collection of blockade orders earlier this year, with Trump refusing to issue a nationwide mandate and leaving local and state leaders to announce their own restrictions.
Fauci himself said in an interview with CNN on Monday that officials “don’t talk about stopping” when advocating for public health measures, saying, “Let’s get this off the table.”
Trump did announce a travel ban from China in January. But his travel restrictions came after the coronavirus began to rage in China, and they did not accompany a broader federal effort to prepare the United States for the impending pandemic.
In addition, Trump’s travel ban included exceptions that reportedly allowed nearly 40,000 people to enter the United States on direct flights from China.
As for Trump’s claim that he saved 2 million Americans, British researchers said in March that the coronavirus could kill about 2.2 million people in the United States.
But this model predicts that the death toll will reach such heights only if the United States does not take any action to stop the spread of the disease, an unrealistic scenario.
Trump has repeatedly advertised an earlier, more frightening prognosis for coronavirus deaths, claiming that his administration’s response was successful.
Trump’s latest blow to Fautsi is another White House effort to question the credibility of one of the administration’s most trusted government officials.
But the president’s tweet also seemingly undermines a 30-second ad posted by his campaign on Saturday, featuring Fauci, who praised Trump’s work with the coronavirus.
“I can’t imagine … anyone could do more,” Fauzi said in the ad, a quote he claimed on Sunday was included “without my permission” and “out of context” from a broader statement. on the response to the federal pandemic.
Trump’s campaign defended its decision to introduce Fauci in the ad, as did the president, who wrote on Twitter on Sunday: “They really are Dr. Fauci’s words.”
Fauci continued to express dissatisfaction with the ad this week, stressing Monday that he has never approved a political candidate for more than three decades as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“To take a statement completely out of context and put it, which is obviously an advertisement for a political campaign, I thought it was really very disappointing,” he told CNN.