The relationship between Fauci and Trump has been the subject of widespread speculation.
US President Donald Trump retweeted a call for the firing top infectious disease specialist Dr. Fauci who is leading the government COVID-19 response. Trump has disputed that his administration was slow to respond despite health officials’ warnings that doing so could risk a resurgence. Trump’s initial handling come under increasing inquiry because trump took actions such as calling for social distancing way later.
Fauci admitted that earlier mitigation efforts could have saved more lives if the Trump administration had announced isolation measures in February instead of in mid-March. “As I’ve said many times, we look at it from a pure health standpoint,” Fauci said. “We make a recommendation. Often, the recommendation is taken. Sometimes it’s not. But it is what it is. We are where we are right now.”
“Obviously, no one is going to deny that. But what goes into those decisions is complicated”, added Fauci, “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.”