Over the weekend, Dr. Fauci was on CNN talking with Jake Tapper about the response to Coronavirus. When asked about a report that he and other federal health officials recommended the social distancing procedures to President Trump as early as February, the doctor confirmed they had suggested it to Trump.
Tapper then asked if putting these procedures in place earlier would have saved lives, to which Fauci replied it was logical to think that but at the time, there were many factors at play.
“I mean, obviously you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives,” Fauci told CNN this morning. “Obviously, no one is going to deny that. But what goes into those kinds of decision is complicated. But you’re right, I mean obviously, if we had right from the very beginning shut everything down, it may have been a little bit different. But there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then.”
After that interview, President Trump fueled speculation that he may be thinking of firing the doctor by retweeting another users tweet that called for the doctor to be fired.
DeAnna Lorraine, who is running for Congress in Nancy Pelosi’s district, tweeted “Fauci is now saying that had Trump listened to the medical experts earlier he could’ve saved more lives. Fauci was telling people on February 29th that there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US public at large. Time to #FireFauci…”
Fauci is now saying that had Trump listened to the medical experts earlier he could've saved more lives.
Fauci was telling people on February 29th that there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US public at large.
Time to #FireFauci…
— DeAnna Lorraine 🇺🇸 (@DeAnna4Congress) April 12, 2020
The President retweeted Lorraine’s tweet with a comment of his own.
“Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up. Thank you @OANN.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2020
Even though the President and Dr. Fauci have clashed before, Trump hasn’t retweeted anything suggesting firing the doctor.
Many don’t feel that would be the best decision, even on the right.
The Pres shouldn’t fire Fauci. Take his expertise on public health and leave the economic recovery to economic experts. But I’m not sure letting Fauci go now is in anyone’s best interest.
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) April 13, 2020
Firing Dr. Fauci would be like firing Capt. Sullenberger over midtown Manhattan. There is no flower more delicate in all the world than the male ego and the most delicate flower of all belongs to Trump. Many Americans will suffer and die because he can’t listen to experts.
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) April 13, 2020
Fauci was patently attempting to AVOID condemning Trump in that Tapper interview, but the headlines read that Fauci was slamming Trump. Trump responds to headlines. This is all idiocy.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 13, 2020