On Wednesday while speaking on Fox News, Dr. Anthony Fauci defended President Donald Trump against recent claims made by journalist Bob Woodward who said that the President purposely downplayed the coronavirus.
According to Woodward, President Trump reportedly said he “wanted to always play it [the pandemic] down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
During a press conference, the President defended his comment, stating that he was just referring to how he handled the pandemic, stating that he didn’t want to cause a wild panic.
“The fact is, I’m a cheerleader for this country,” President Trump said. “I love our country, and I don’t want people to be frightened.”
“We don’t want to instill panic,” the president continued. “We don’t want to jump up and down and start shouting that we have a problem that is a tremendous problem.”
Fauci, who has been propped up by Democrats and the media, came to President Trump’s defense on Wednesday, stating that President Trump never distorted information or lied to the American people when it came to the coronavirus.
“I didn’t get any sense that he was distorting anything,” Fauci said. “I mean in my discussions with him, they were always straightforward about the concerns that we had. We related that to him. And when he would go out, I’d hear him discussing the same sort of things. He would often say, ‘We just got through with a briefing with the group from the task force,’ and would talk about it. So it may have happened, but I have not seen that kind of distortion.”
Fauci continued by saying that the President followed the experts’ advice and never broke with his advisors when it came to combating the coronavirus.
“I don’t recall anything different than in our discussions that we had with the president that he said things quite similar publicly,” Fauci said.
“I didn’t really go over any of the text since it just came out,” Fauci said on Woodward’s claims. “But you know, in my discussions and the discussions of other task force members with the president, we’re talking about the reality of what was going on.”
“And then when we would get up in front of the press conferences, which were very, very common after our discussions with the president, he really didn’t say anything different than we discussed when we were with him,” Fauci added. “I may not be tuned in to the right thing that they’re talking about. But, I didn’t see any discrepancies between what he told us and what we told him, and what he came out publicly and said.”
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