Former President Trump excoriated Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx on Monday, accusing both of them of “trying to reinvent history” after they conducted interviews with CNN and other media outlets making claims about their roles in the fight against the coronavirus.
This comes after Trump had already shredded both of the infectious disease experts earlier in the week. He called Fauci a “media creation” and made it clear he has no respect for Birx. Both were on his coronavirus task force and Fauci now serves under President Biden.
The former president lashed out at the doctors following an interview on CNN entitled: “COVID WAR: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out.”
Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, took credit for the development of the COVID-19 vaccines and called it “the best decision that I’ve ever made with regard to an intervention as director of the institute.” Birx, who was the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, claimed that she was part of a “very difficult” phone call with the former president concerning her stance on the severity of the pandemic in August.
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Trump released a statement and accused both doctors of being “self-promoters.”
“Based on their interviews, I felt it was time to speak up about Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, two self-promoters trying to reinvent history to cover for their bad instincts and faulty recommendations, which I fortunately almost always overturned,” Trump noted. “They had bad policy decisions that would have left our country open to China and others, closed to reopening our economy, and years away from an approved vaccine—putting millions of lives at risk.”
He commented that both Birx and Fauci “moved far too slowly” on the development of the vaccines. They also called for extreme lockdown measures that Trump says would have left Americans “locked in our basements.”
“Operation Warp Speed” was first introduced last May. Fauci claimed on CNN that the decision to go “all-in” on vaccine development was made much earlier than that.
“When I saw what happened in New York City, almost overrunning of our health care system, it was like, ‘Oh my goodness,’” Fauci claimed. “And that’s when it became very clear that the decision we made on January the 10th – to go all out and develop a vaccine – may have been the best decision that I’ve ever made with regard to an intervention as director of the institute.”
Former President Trump responds to recent interviews by Fauci and Birx. pic.twitter.com/mOZslzhU1v
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) March 29, 2021
Trump labeled Fauci’s CNN appearance as a “fake interview.” He stated that Fauci “tried to take credit for the vaccine, when in fact he said it would take three to five years, and probably longer, to have it approved.”
“Dr. Fauci was incapable of pressing the FDA to move it through faster. I was the one to get it done, and even the fake news media knows and reports this. Dr. Fauci is also the king of ‘flip-flops’ and moving the goalposts to make himself look as good as possible. He fought me so hard because he wanted to keep our country open to countries like China,” Trump proclaimed.
Birx was not spared either for her part in the CNN interview. In fact, Trump saved his harshest words for her.
“It was a CNN report in August that got horrible pushback,” Birx told CNN. “That was a very difficult time because everybody in the White House was upset with that interview and the clarity that I brought about the epidemic.”
Trump slammed Birx and called her a “proven liar with very little credibility left.”
“Many of her recommendations were viewed as “pseudo-science,” and Dr. Fauci would always talk negatively about her and, in fact, would ask not to be in the same room with her,” Trump recalled. “The States who followed her lead, like California, had worse outcomes on COVID and ruined the lives of countless children because they couldn’t go to school, ruined many businesses, and an untold number of Americans who were killed by the lockdowns themselves. Dr. Birx was a terrible medical advisor, which is why I seldom followed her advice.”
“There was no ‘very difficult’ phone call, other than Dr. Birx’s policies that would have led us directly into a COVID caused depression,” he continued. “She was a very negative voice who didn’t have the right answers. Time has proven me correct. I only kept Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx on because they worked for the U.S. government for so long—they are like a bad habit!”
Twitter supporters gleefully ran with Trump’s statement:
👀 Trump statement: “In a fake interview last night on CNN, Dr. Fauci, who said he was an athlete in college but couldn’t throw a baseball even close to home plate, it was a “roller,” tried to take credit for the vaccine…” pic.twitter.com/ktYyjXgRh8
— Adam Kredo (@Kredo0) March 29, 2021
Let’s not forget that Fauci was widely derided for how he handled the HIV storm. And, yes, he definitely flip/flopped on masks from a view based on all available studies (masks not required) to a view based on the political winds (masks required).
These are political animals.
— Guy Dari (@DrGuyDari) March 29, 2021
I love President Trump. He just lays it all out there and let the cards fall where they may. There has never been a POTUS in U.S. history who was so frank and transparent — cut to the chase, Mr. President — “We The People” can handle the tough talk.
— Todd Headlee (@ToddHeadleeAZ) March 29, 2021
“The Federal Government is a bad habit” cuts to the heart of the matter.
— Edgar Burkett (@BigEd0502) March 29, 2021
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