Fauci: Trump has not attended a White House coronavirus task force meeting in 'several months'

Written by on October 23, 2020


On the marketing campaign path, President Donald Trump repeatedly criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci and attacked his Democratic rival Joe Biden for desirous to observe the recommendation of the highest infectious illness knowledgeable in america. (Oct. 19) AP Home

WASHINGTON – Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s main infectious illness knowledgeable, stated Friday that President Donald Trump has not attended a coronavirus process pressure assembly in “a number of months”and the conferences themselves have significantly “diminished”.

Fauci’s feedback got here after the U.S. reported more than 77,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, in keeping with Johns Hopkins data. The final time each day instances exceeded 71,000 was throughout the summer time surge in July. The U.S. has additionally reported greater than 223,000 deaths.

Fauci, a number one member of the White Home’s coronavirus process pressure and the director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses, stated throughout an interview on “Meet the Press Each day” that he hasn’t instantly spoken to or interacted with Trump in a while, and the variety of process pressure conferences have “diminished”.

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Led by Vice President Mike Pence, the coronavirus process pressure used to fulfill each day throughout the primary months of the pandemic, however that has now been scaled again to assembly as soon as every week, Fauci stated, because of the White Home specializing in an “financial reopening.”

“We actually work together with the vp on the process pressure conferences, and the vp makes our emotions and what we speak about there identified to the president,” Fauci stated when pressed in regards to the final time the president attended. “However direct involvement with the president and discussions, I’ve not accomplished that in awhile.”

Equally, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the Nationwide Institutes of Well being, who sits on the duty pressure as properly, told NPR in an interview Monday that Trump has been primarily receiving info from Pence and Dr. Scott Atlas.

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“I positively don’t have his ear as a lot as Scott Atlas proper now. That has been a altering state of affairs,” Fauci instructed MSNBC.


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Atlas, who will not be an infectious illness knowledgeable, is now a White House adviser on the coronavirus and has publicly downplayed the virus. Reports from The Washington Put up stated Atlas, a fellow at the conservative think tank Hoover Institution, has been pushing herd immunity contained in the White Home, and Trump has been listening. 

On Sunday, Twitter removed a tweet by Atlas, who posted: “Masks work? NO.” The social media platform acknowledged the tweet violated the coverage on coronavirus misinformation.

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“The President is routinely briefed in regards to the coronavirus every day. The related info is delivered to him on the massive selections, after which he strikes ahead in the way in which that’s greatest for our nation,” White Home spokeswoman Sarah Matthews instructed USA TODAY in an announcement.

Fauci stated the nation is in a “precarious” place concerning COVID-19, and other people want to know how tough winter will probably be if infections proceed to spike how they’re now.

“We do not wish to shut the nation down. Each time I speak about issues that we have to do, folks get involved. We’re not speaking about shutting down, however we’re speaking about doubling down on a number of the basic public well being measures that we have to adhere to,” Fauci stated, referring to mask-wearing and social distancing. “They appear fairly easy, however they actually do work.” 


Dr. Anthony Fauci’s longtime official title is director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses, however there may be extra to know. USA TODAY

Trump has repeatedly claimed “we’re rounding the flip, we’re rounding the nook,” concerning COVID-19. “It’s going away,” he said throughout the debate Thursday. According to CNN, Trump has made this, and comparable claims, diminishing the specter of coronavirus practically 40 occasions.

Extra: Trump’s campaign made stops nationwide. Coronavirus cases surged in his wake in at least five places.

On Monday, Trump blastedFauci as a “catastrophe” after Fauci stated in an interview that it got here as no shock to him when the president tested positive for COVID-19 as a result of Trump recurrently eschewed using masks “as an announcement of energy.”


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