Fauci: “He was saying what we were telling him”

Fauci diffuses Woodward’s “bombshell”

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Woodward certainly set the media’s collective hair on fire with his revelation that Trump “knew” that the coronavirus was more serious than he was telling the American people.

Biden: “Clear evidence of incompetence and dereliction of duty”.

Trump: “Listening to the scientists, and didn’t want to prematurely cause a panic”.

How to settle the question?

Here’s what Dr. Anthony “My Word is Gospel” Fauci had to say on the matter:

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By Fauci’s own admission, Trump was “following the science” … channeling what he and other “scientists” were telling him at the time. 

Let’s dig a little deeper on that and look at the timeline…

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In Sept. 2019 — well before the coronavirus hit the radar — a Council of Economic Advisers Report advised Trump that — based on historical experience — there was a 4% chance of a pandemic, that a vaccine would be the primary tool for mitigating such an outbreak and that the in-place rules & processes were too slow and cumbersome to deliver a vaccine in a timely manner.

Promptly, On Sept. 19, a few days after the CEA issued its report, the president signed Executive Order 13887 which laid the groundwork for Operation Warp Speed — private-public partnerships with substantial risk-mitigating government financing.

For details, see What did Trump know, when did he know it and what did he do about it?

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In a January 28 top secret intelligence briefing, national security adviser Robert O’Brien gave Trump a “jarring” warning about the virus, telling the President it would be the “biggest national security threat” of his presidency. Source

Keep in mind that O’Brien is a “security advisor”, not a “scientist”.  His intelligence was based on “rumblings on the ground”, not scientific evidence.

Nonetheless, on January 31 that Trump issued the much maligned Chinese travel ban … which was opposed by politicos who considered it xenophobic …and by the scientists who thought it was premature and unsupportable by “the science”.

Point of proof:  On February 17  — 17 days after Trump announced the travel ban — Dr. Fauci told USA Today  that the coronavirus risk was miniscule … and people should not wear masks.

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From the in-depth USA Today interview with Dr. Fauci:

Fauci doesn’t want people to worry about coronavirus, the danger of which is “just minuscule.”

But he does want them to take precautions against the “influenza outbreak, which is having its second wave.”

“We have more kids dying of flu this year at this time than in the last decade or more,” he said.

“The threat is (we have) a pretty bad influenza season, particularly dangerous for our children.”

“Whenever you have the threat of a transmissible infection, there are varying degrees from understandable to outlandish extrapolations of fear,” Fauci said.

Specifically, on the subject of mask, Fauci asserted:

“Now, in the United States, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to wear a mask.”

Further, as late as March 9, Fauci is on record saying that  “Large gatherings are a ‘judgement call’ … cruises are ok for people with no other health issues”  Source video

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The above is a partial timeline of what the scientists were telling Trump at the time!

Should Trump have ignored the scientists and just gone with NSA risk assessment?

Imagine the furor if Trump had yelled “fire” instead of “following the science”…

 

One Response to “Fauci: “He was saying what we were telling him””

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