Fauci jokes he was 'the skunk' at Trump's COVID-19 picnic

27 Janvier, 2021, 07:08 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Anthony Fauci

According to a report from the Daily Beast, Donald Trump has been busy in Mar-a-Lago watching clips of Dr. Anthony Fauci talk about the failings of the Trump-era White House task force that worked on the coronavirus pandemic, with the ex-president frustrated he can't fire back.

At an income more than the president's $400,000 annual salary, Fauci will collect $2.5 million serving as the director of the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the president from 2019 to 2024 if he maintains his role throughout the Biden administration absent a raise.

"He very much feels that a lot of people are working to downgrade his legacy out of hatred for him", one source told The Daily Beast.

"This morning I listened to your interview on The Daily, which is the New York Times daily podcast".

While Fauci wasn't afraid of contradicting Trump's misinformation about the Covid-19, he stopped short of directly criticising Trump when he was president or talking about the politics of the coronavirus task force.

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But it seems the filter is off now that Biden's boss. He also told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that he had tried to come on her show for months but was blocked by the Trump administration.

He told The New York Times over the weekend that Trump and top White House advisors would sometimes call him after an interview asking why he didn't give a more "positive" outlook on the pandemic or why he contradicted Trump's claims.

"I would try to express the gravity of the situation, 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.'" Fauci said, adding that the president also would take the opinion of people he knew from business "based on no data, just anecdote" seriously.

The doctor has often been criticised for his assessment of the COVID-19 outbreak in the US. Biden, on the other hand, is trying to find more ways the federal government can intervene to curb the spread of the virus, from requiring masks on mass transit to ramping up vaccine distribution. But once he started going to the White House "very, very frequently" to advise about the pandemic, things started going wrong between him and Trump nearly immediately.

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