Dr. Anthony Fauci Defends Trump, Coronavirus Task Force Amid Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory Attacks Against Him – By Benjamin Fearnow (Newsweek) / March 29 2020
The country’s top expert on infectious disease, Dr. Anthony Fauci, offered a sober defense of President Donald Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force Sunday, amid reports he’s the target of far right-wing conspiracy theories and online attacks on his character.
Fauci focused on “the reality, not the rhetoric” while speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday morning, touting the benefits of “intensive” White House discussions with Trump and the intrinsic goodwill of the task force led by Vice President Mike Pence. He said social distancing guidelines would likely not be lifted for a “matter of weeks,” but he stressed the task force is employing a “we’ll take it as it comes” attitude of flexibility as they work with the president to address the coronavirus pandemic.
Fauci’s downplay of spats between Trump, himself and the task force rebukes dozens of reports claiming strife and a New York Times analysis , which found Fauci himself to be targeted by far right-wing attacks tying him to Hillary Clinton and the “deep state.”
He repeatedly stressed that the Coronavirus Task Force, or any task force, requires intensive discussion and compromises — something he says is working between himself, Trump and the rest of the White House team fighting the pandemic. When asked about how many total U.S. cases and deaths there may be he described it as a “moving target” but added, “Looking at what we are seeing now, I would say between “100,000-200,000” deaths from coronavirus. “We’re going to have millions of cases.”
When asked about President Trump's comments slamming the Governors of Michigan and Washington, Dr. Anthony Fauci says "the reality is that the people who need things will get what they need" #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/mzYSryXei3
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