Fauci felt ‘uncomfortable’ with 'unscientific' Covid info put out under Trump and feared 'repercussions'
DR Anthony Fauci took a thinly veiled swipe at Donald Trump during a Covid press briefing with Joe Biden this afternoon.
It is the first time Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, has spoken at a White House briefing since President Biden was inaugurated yesterday.
Dr Fauci said: "One of the things about this administration is if you don't know the answer, don’t guess. Just say you don't know the answer."
Fauci acknowledged that the US coronavirus death toll, which surpassed 400,000 earlier this week, is “unfortunately historic in a very bad sense”.
But on a much more optimistic note, Fauci said coronavirus cases in the US appear to be “plateauing”.
Dr Fauci said he was enjoying the "liberated" feeling of relying on the science behind COvid-19 after Trump left office.
Speaking of the former president's tenure, he said “It was very clear that there were things that were said, be it regarding things like hydroxychloroquine and other things like that, that really was uncomfortable because they were not based in scientific fact.”
He continued: “I take no pleasure at all being in a situation of contradicting the president, so it was really something that you didn’t feel that you could actually say something and there wouldn’t be any repercussions about it.
“The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what the science is and know that’s it, let the science speak — it is something of a liberating feeling.”
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