Lead immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci undressed to his “skivvies” and was hosed down for hours in a “kiddie pool” last summer after opening an envelope with an unknown white powdery substance and breathing it in, according to a Friday report.
Politico Playbook, quoting from a new book that was published on Tuesday, noted in its weekday email that Fauci “was opening mail at his desk Aug. 27 when white powder literally blew up in his face.”
“Fauci had three thoughts: It was a prank to scare him, anthrax that would make him seriously ill but which he could probably survive, or ricin — in which case he was a ‘dead duck,'” Politico noted further.
“Over the next few hours, his team hosed him down to his skivvies in a chemical lab, making him stand naked in what looked like a kiddy pool as they awaited the results of tests on the substance,” Politico added. “He called his wife to warn her before breathing a sigh of relief a few hours later when the findings came back negative for both deadly substances.”
Politico Playbook notes that the story leads the book “Nightmare Scenario” by Washington Post writers Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta, which allegedly details “the Trump administration’s hellish response to the pandemic,” while going on to blame former President Donald Trump for the stunt.
“The duo asks how Fauci, the top doctor steering the nation through the deadliest pandemic in modern history, became a target for death threats and pranks like this. We’ll give you one guess — and yes, he’s the former president of the United States,” Politico Playbook noted.
The authors go on to claim that Trump also hoped his former national security adviser, John Bolton, would contract COVID-19 and die after he “had just published his tell-all about working in the administration,” though other accounts say that the former president was joking. Otherwise, there has been no actual corroboration of the claim.
As for the Trump administration’s response to the virus, many experts and policymakers have credited the former president for saving lives through quick decisions such as closing down travel from China and embarking on a whole-of-government approach to developing vaccines, which happened in record time.
“At the time we were going through a presidential election, and while they were promoting Andrew Cuomo as the great oracle of response to the coronavirus, they were conducting the flu d’etat against our president, acting as though everything he was doing was causing this virus to be more deadly,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) told Fox News’s Judge Jeanine Pirro in February.
“The reality is the 45th president put us on the path to the fastest, safest vaccine development the world has ever known. And you know, we are still seeing the consequence of President Trump’s actions in the saving of lives,” he added.
In August during the Republican National Convention, Amy Ford, a registered nurse, also praised Trump’s actions to stem the spread of the virus and speed treatments and vaccines.
“President Trump recognized the threat this virus presented for all Americans early on and made rapid policy changes,” she said.
“Let me be clear: As a health care professional, I can tell you without hesitation, Donald Trump’s quick action and leadership saved thousands of lives during COVID-19,” she added.
Also, a report last month noted that had a treatment modality supported by Trump early in the pandemic been made widely available, up to 100,000 people who died from the virus may have been saved.
Dr. Peter McCullough, vice chief of internal medicine at Baylor University Medical Center, and three other experts outlined the treatment last fall during a Senate hearing. Others described the treatment in a subsequent hearing in December.
But Children’s Health Defense Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. recounted that “we’ve seen this very strange conflict … that many of those treatments that could save lives, instead of being promoted and investigated and studied by the health authorities, are instead being sabotaged and made … inaccessible.”