President Donald Trump is hell-bent on reopening the country after most of it was shut down over a virus that, by far, is not a threat to the vast majority of Americans.
But it’s not a ‘selfish’ thing or a ‘legacy’ thing or an ‘ego’ thing: He knows that the longer the country remains shuttered over coronavirus, the more Americans will suffer from a range of problems including health issues and the inability to earn a living.
What’s more, as the pandemic wears on and is still only adversely affecting the same populations as before – elderly, infirmed, and those with preexisting health conditions like cancer and heart disease – the president is reflecting on how we got to this point.
The Epoch Times reports:
President Donald Trump admitted that White House COVID-19 task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci “made a lot of mistakes” in how he’s handled the messaging during the pandemic.
Trump was asked on Thursday night in an interview about how Texas and Florida are dealing with surges in the…virus, a novel coronavirus. In recent days, those states, along with other southeastern and southwestern states have reported significant increases in cases, prompting state officials to warn that their reopening efforts may be paused.
“Dr. Fauci is a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes,” the president told Fox News host Sean Hannity after being asked about the spikes in those states. “A lot of them said don’t wear a mask, don’t wear a mask,” the president added. “Now they are saying wear a mask. A lot of mistakes were made, a lot of mistakes.”
It’s likely the president was referring, in part, to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advice early on during the pandemic that said mask-wearing wasn’t necessary. Given that influenza is still far more prevalent every year and very deadly, that seemed like good advice.
But somewhere along the line the CDC must have gotten some new info – or a new directive – because the nation’s health agency changed course in April and issued mask-wearing guidance.
Fauci himself was wishy-washy on masks.
In March he told “60 Minutes” that “there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.”
Of course, today, that isn’t the case at all: Many jurisdictions around the country are mandating mask-wearing, much to the chagrin of constitutionalists who are right concerned that much of that has to do with social conditioning to accept authority, regardless of how foolish or wrong or unnecessary the directive.
As for the president, he went on to say that roughly 45 million Americans, or about one-seventh of the country, has been tested for the coronavirus, and the vast majority who tested positive have recovered with little trouble.
For his part, Fauci told the Financial Times he hasn’t been on television lately because, he suggested, his ‘truths’ about the virus are not welcome at the Trump White House.
“I have a reputation, as you probably have figured out, of speaking the truth at all times and not sugar-coating things,” he said, adding he hasn’t seen the president since June 2.