Trump blasts top COVID-19 advisers

Former President fires back after Fauci and Birx criticized him in interview: Two self-promoters trying to reinvent history.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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Former US President Donald Trump on Monday issued a statement in which he criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, his administration’s top coronavirus advisers.

The statement was a rebuttal for criticism the two voiced of the Trump administration in a CNN documentary that aired on Sunday.

“Based on their interviews, I felt it was time to speak up about Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, two self-promoters trying to reinvent history to cover for their bad instincts and faulty recommendations, which I fortunately almost always overturned,” Trump said in Monday’s statement, according to Politico.

“They had bad policy decisions that would have left our country open to China and others, closed to reopening our economy, and years away from an approved vaccine — putting millions of lives at risk,” he added.

Fauci said in Sunday’s documentary that the decision “to go all out and develop a vaccine” was “the best decision that I’ve ever made with regard to an intervention as director of the institute,” referring to his role at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

In his statement quoted by Politico on Monday, Trump criticized Fauci over the vaccine rollout and said “he was incapable of pressing the FDA to move it through faster. I was the one to get it done, and even the fake news media knows and reports this.”

Fauci also told CNN that Trump’s social media use ran counter to what the administration’s response should have been. Birx criticized the inconsistent messaging from the federal government as “fault number one.”

In his statement, Trump labeled Fauci as “the king of ‘flip-flops’ and moving the goalposts to make himself look as good as possible,” while adding that he ignored the recommendations of both Fauci and Birx.

Birx had told CNN that the Trump administration could have done more to prevent hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 deaths in the US.

Trump in his statement criticized Birx for not following her own advice, citing a family trip she took the day after Thanksgiving, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was advising Americans not to travel over the holidays. Birx later announced that she would retire from her position.

“Dr. Birx was a terrible medical advisor, which is why I seldom followed her advice,” Trump said in his statement.

In the interview that aired Sunday, Birx also spoke about a phone call she received from Trump after speaking publicly on CNN in August about the spread of COVID-19, describing the conversation as “very uncomfortable, very direct and very difficult to hear.”

Trump denied that there was a “very difficult” phone call, and criticized Birx for her policies, which he said “would have led us directly into a COVID caused depression.”

“Time has proven me correct. I only kept Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx on because they worked for the US government for so long — they are like a bad habit!” he charged.

Fauci’s strained relationship with Trump is well publicized. The former President reportedly at one point considered demoting the top doctor after he criticized his policies.

Last October, Trump was heard criticizing Fauci in a call with campaign staffers, suggesting he was an "idiot" and saying, "He's been here for, like, 500 years.”

In interviews he has given since President Joe Biden took office, Fauci has acknowledged that it was difficult at times to work for Trump. At his first press briefing after Biden took office, Fauci promised transparency when it comes to dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.



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