Fauci: 'I can't jump in front of the microphone and push him down'
One has to sympathize with the man. What can be done to restrict Trump?
"In an interview with Science magazine’s Jon Cohen published Sunday night, Fauci was asked about some of the misinformation Trump has spread from the White House podium, often with the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases standing by his side.
“What about the travel restrictions?” asked Cohen. “President Trump keeps saying that the travel ban for China, which began [Feb. 2], had a big impact [on slowing the spread of the virus to the United States] and that he wishes China would have told us three to four months earlier and that they were ‘very secretive.’ It just doesn’t comport with facts.”
“I know, but what do you want me to do?” replied Fauci. “I mean, seriously, Jon, let’s get real, what do you want me to do?”
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“The way it happened,” Fauci explained, “is that after he made that statement [suggesting China could have revealed the discovery of the virus months earlier], I told the appropriate people, it doesn’t comport, because two or three months earlier would have been September,” before the first cases even appeared. . . . But I can’t jump in front of the microphone and push him down. OK, he said it. Let’s try and get it corrected for the next time.”
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But Fauci said Trump does listen to him.
“To [Trump’s] credit, even though we disagree on some things, he listens,” said Fauci. “He goes his own way. He has his own style. But on substantive issues, he does listen to what I say.”
The 2008 Medal of Freedom recipient, who was a leader as long ago as the 1980s in the fight against AIDS, has had to gently correct Trump a number of times during the daily coronavirus briefings, which usually start calmly with the president reading prepared statements and then veer off the rails as reporters ask questions. Over the past week, Fauci has attempted to temper Trump’s enthusiasm on potential treatments for coronavirus and confirmed stories of hospitals facing supply shortages after the president attempted to downplay them.
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“At Friday’s press conference, you put your hands over your face when President Trump referred to the ‘deep State Department.’ It’s even become an internet meme. Have you been criticized for what you did?” asked Cohen.
“No comment,” replied Fauci."
Let's face it--if Fauci did something dramatic--grabbing the microphone and lecturing Trump on how wrong his info. is, or something like that--Trump wouldn't be repentant. He would just fire Fauci and bad-mouth him. And then we would have no one in the WH we could trust.
But it is kinda hard to forget that image of Fauci putting his hands over his face in response to Trump's latest lie. There is a reason why that image is making the rounds of the internet and social media.