WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading expert on infectious diseases said he can’t stop U.S. President Donald Trump from talking at daily briefings.
- Recently, Trump decided to complain about China having not warned the world about COVID-19 ahead of time.
- Fauci said in an interview that Trump’s statement doesn’t make sense, but he couldn’t just jump in front of the microphone to stop the president from speaking.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, spoke with Science magazine on Sunday about the novel coronavirus, the nation’s response to it, and the apparent disagreement between him and the president on some issues about the pandemic.
In the telephone interview, he mentioned that even though they disagree on some things, Trump actually listens to him. “He goes his own way. He has his own style. But on substantive issues, he does listen to what I say.”
At a recent briefing in the White House, Trump complained about how China should have warned other countries about the virus ahead of time.
Fauci said that after hearing the president, he informed the “appropriate people” that since the virus first appeared in December in Wuhan, China, “it doesn’t comport, because two or three months earlier would have been September.”
He added that though Trump’s aides could advise him against repeating the comment, Fauci “can’t jump in front of the microphone and push him down” if Trump decides to repeat his statement.
In last week’s briefing, Fauci and Trump had a polite dispute over a malaria drug. While Fauci doesn’t recommend it to treat COVID-19 patients; Trump believes otherwise, and that he is a fan of it.
As of this writing, the United States has 54,916 cases of the novel coronavirus, with 784 deaths, and 379 who recovered.
The state with the most number of COVID-19 cases is New York, with 26,348 total cases and 271 deaths.
Source: AP News