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Dr. Anthony Fauci tramples liberals’ latest fake news fire: ‘I have never been muzzled. Ever.’

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is a central figure in the fight against the coronavirus and found himself at the center of a media-generated controversy.

With Vice President Mike Pence taking control of the flow of information, the New York Times reported Fauci “told associates that the White House had instructed him not to say anything else without clearance.”

At a news conference, President Trump was asked about the claim that Fauci was “muzzled.”

“That’s a very dishonest question,” Trump said. “Because he has had that ability to do virtually whatever he’s wanted to do. He was never muzzled.”

The president then stepped aside to allow the world-renowned expert on contagious diseases to speak to the controversy himself.

 

“Let me clarify. I have never been muzzled. Ever,” Dr. Fauci insisted. “I’ve been doing this since the administration of Ronald Reagan. I’m not being muzzled by this administration. What happened, which was misinterpreted, was we were set up to go on some shows. When the vice president took over he said let’s regroup and figure out how we will be communicating.”

“I had to stand down on a couple of shows and resubmit for clearance,” he continued. “When I resubmitted for clearance, I got cleared. I have not been muzzled at all. That was a real misrepresentation of what happened.”

Fauci was also asked about this during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Hard Ball.”

Citing the New York Times, anchor Chris Matthews asked, “Are you operating under normal clearance or procedures for getting out public health information?”

“That was completely misconstrued, I’m not being muzzled,” he said. “Everybody who gets on shows like this, you have a normal clearance. I was cleared here, and here I am talking to you and I’ll give you the whole truth the way I always have.”

 

Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume posted a tweet sharing Fauci’s remarks on the trumped-up controversy.

He tweeted: “Dr. Anthony Fauci at the WH this afternoon: ‘I have not been muzzled at all. That was a real misrepresentation of what happened.'”

The responses to Hume and other tweets on the matter captures just how deranged some people are in their hatred of Donald Trump.

On the other hand, as many in the media politicize the coronavirus in their quest to harm Trump, is it really all that surprising?

Tom Tillison

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