Sidelined Dr Fauci admits life as Trump’s medical adviser was ‘uncomfortable’

Chief immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci has returned to the White House under the new administration – and admitted it feels better than the old days.

After former president Donald Trump continually contradicted and sidelined him, President Joe Biden has placed the infectious diseases expert firmly front and centre of his new COVID strategy – and asked him to address the World Health Organisation on its details.

And at his first press conference under the 46th president today, Dr Fauci admitted life under the new regime was “liberating”.

He told the gathered press at the White House that it had been difficult to stand besides former president Donald Trump and hear him talking publicly about when he contracted coronavirus and took hydroxychloroquine – a drug experts had warned could be dangerous.

File photo dated March 26, 2020 of U.S. President Donald Trump speaks next to Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, USA. As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US reached 3m, and another daily record fell with more than 60,000 new cases, Donald Trump insisted the US was .in a good place. and admitted he .didn.t listen to my experts. on July 8. US reaches 3m confirmed Covid-19 cases as Pence pushes for schools to reopen . as it happened; The president also publicly attacked the US.s most senior non-political member of the White House coronavirus taskforce, Dr Anthony Fauci, who said earlier this week the US was still .knee deep in the first wave. of the pandemic. Photo by Yuri Gripas/ABACAPRESS.COM
Image:Dr Fauci has admitted it was difficult to sit back and listen to some of Trump’s wilder COVID theories

On another occasion Mr Trump suggested drinking disinfectant might be a suitable treatment.

He made what appeared to be a couple of veiled jokes at the start of the press conference alluding to the fact that he preferred life under the new president to the old days – and one American journalist couldn’t resist asking him to elaborate.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Dr Fauci got ‘in trouble’ for previous comments

Hesitantly, he asked Dr Fauci if he could explain the “difference” between the two experiences and to clarify what he had been joking about.

More from Covid-19

  • COVID-19: The nightmare of one father as coronavirus hit his family

  • COVID-19: London and East of England lag behind rest of nation in vaccinations, figures show

  • COVID-19: US president Joe Biden signs 10 executive orders to curb spread of coronavirus

  • COVID-19: Bars and restaurants should stay shut until May to avoid “disastrous” R-rate

  • COVID-19: UK science chief’s ‘helpful discussion’ with Israel experts over vaccine fears

  • Glastonbury music festival cancelled, Michael and Emily Eavis confirm

But Dr Fauci laughed: “You say they were jokes – they weren’t. I was serious!”

He went on: “It’s very clear that there were things that were said – be it regarding hydroxychloroquine and other things like that – that was uncomfortable because they were not based on scientific fact.

“I take no pleasure at all of being in a situation of contradicting the president. It was really something you didn’t feel you could actually say something and there wouldn’t be repercussions.

A pedestrian wears a t-shirt bearing the name of Dr. Anthony Fauci after the election of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States on Saturday November 7, 2020 in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Christopher Dilts / Sipa USA)
Image:Dr Fauci has built up a cult following among some Americans -with ‘Fauci’ merchandise widely available

“The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what the evidence, what the science is, and know that’s it, let the science speak…it is somewhat of a liberating feeling.”

President Biden has outlined a series of executive actions to combat the disease as the US braces for its death toll to reach 500,000 lives lost.

One of his new rules, is the requirement to wear a mask and social distance in all federal buildings, on federal lands and by federal employees and contractors.

All White House staff were wearing masks today.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *