Dr Anthony Fauci says Trump administration 'rejected' science, blocked his TV appearances

25 Janvier, 2021, 20:54 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
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I mean, I didn't want to be at odds with the president because I have a lot of respect for the office of the presidency, but there was conflict at different levels with different people and different organizations, and a lot of pressure being put on to do things that just are not capable with the science.

Speaking with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases also revealed that he was actually blocked from coming on her show to speak with her. "And the response of the president was always leaning toward, 'Well, it's not that bad, right?' And I would say, 'Yes, it is that bad.' It was nearly a reflex response, trying to coax you to minimize it".

Maddow, a fierce critic of the Trump administration, urged Biden's White House to honour its commitment to "let the science speak" and not block Fauci or others from going on right-wing propaganda shows on Fox News or other cable channels.

One of the issues Fauci cited Thursday was Trump's evidence-free campaign to promote hydroxychloroquine as a miracle Covid-19 drug.

Fauci said that during his work with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, he "started getting anxious that this was not going in the right direction - the anecdotally driven situations, the minimisation, the president surrounding himself with people saying things that didn't make any scientific sense". Fauci told The New York Times over the weekend he began receiving death threats on March 28 past year, not long after he took on a high-profile role in the fight against COVID-19, often appearing at the White House meetings and press briefings.

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Fauci explained that the differences have started to become more and more apparent during the rapid escalation of cases in the NY metropolitan area. Otherwise, I would be compromising my own integrity, and be giving a false message to the world.

The doctor also spoke about how he and his family have been regularly receiving death threats and described one particularly scary incident involving an envelope with powder. You've been asking me to come on your show for months and months and it just got blocked. "That was very, very disturbing to me and my wife because it was in my office".

The Beast reports that the president has been "griping" about Fauci and claiming he should have fired the doctor when he had the chance.

Despite this, Fauci never considered resigning. "I felt that if I stepped down, that would leave a void", he said. "Someone's got to not be afraid to speak out the truth".

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