Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has publicly corrected or qualified presidential assertions about the coronavirus threat on multiple occasions. Trump was asked why Fauci was absent from Monday’s lengthy press briefing.
Trump said: “I was just with him … he’s at the task force meeting right now.” Does he agree with you about the need to reopen the economy soon? Trump: “He doesn’t not agree.”
(David Smith, “Trump’s push to shorten coronavirus shutdown proves the captain is flying blind,” theguardian.com, 3-23-20)
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