Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergic Reaction and Contagious Illness, has said that former President Donald Trump tried to get him to downplay the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now working for President Biden’s administration, Fauci told The New York Times, in an interview released Sunday, that Trump had urged him to be positive– even as things got dire.

Anthony Fauci at COVID presser under Biden
Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Transmittable Diseases, speaks during a White Home press rundown on January 21, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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” There were a couple of times where I would make a declaration that was a downhearted perspective about what instructions we were going, and the president would call me up and say, ‘Hey, why aren’t you more favorable?

Fauci likewise revealed issue about how Trump would take the viewpoints of his company colleagues and others on pandemic-related concerns as important info.

Trump accepted the use of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria medication, to treat the coronavirus in its early phases.

Newsweek reached out to Trump representatives for remark.


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