Donald Trump claims that he “always did the opposite” of Anthony Fauci’s COVID advice.
During his presidency, Republican former President Donald Trump said he “always did the opposite” of infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci’s advice.
“Remember, I closed our country to China way earlier than [Democratic House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi or anyone wanted it to happen,” Trump said in a Newsmax interview, “including Dr. Fauci, with whom I actually got along pretty well but with whom I usually did the opposite of what he wanted.”
Trump even made a false assertion. A COVID-19 vaccine, according to Fauci, will take three to five years to develop or “probably wouldn’t happen at all.”
Fauci made his first remarks regarding a coronavirus vaccine in a January interview, in which he said it would take about a year to produce a vaccine that would be ready for use in an emergency.
In mid-December 2020, the US Food and Drug Administration approved BioNTech and Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. Under the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed, the vaccine was developed, tested, and approved in less than ten months.
Fauci said in late February 2020 that it would be “irrelevant” if Trump closed the US-China border. “It’s really difficult to [keep a virus from coming into your country]when you have several countries involved,” Fauci told CNBC at the time. “It’s almost impossible,” says the narrator.
Last year, Trump and Fauci openly disagreed about the best ways to react to the deadly pandemic on many occasions.
Fauci cautioned against opening schools in the fall of 2020 in a Senate hearing, saying it was impractical to expect students to return to school without an appropriate COVID-19 medication or vaccination to keep them safe.
Trump responded by calling Fauci’s comment “unacceptable.” As a preventative measure, the ex-president recommended that schools be reopened for in-person learning and that older teachers, who were more likely to become chronically ill from COVID-19, be kept out of classrooms for several weeks after they reopened.
Last October, Fauci disagreed with Trump’s claim that the U.S. was “rounding the corner” on the pandemic.
“It will go away,” Trump said during a presidential debate with then-Democratic nominee Joe Biden. “We’re rounding the turn, we’re rounding the corner. It’s going away.”
At the time, the U.S. was reporting 70,000 new cases. This is a brief summary.