WASHINGTON – Dr. Anthony Fauci says he was not surprised by President Donald Trump’s contract with Covid-19 after he attended an event full of people not wearing masks or social distancing.
In an interview with CBS News’ 60 Minutes, which aired Sunday night, Fauci was asked if he was surprised Trump had an infection.
“Absolutely not,” Fauci said. “I was worried he would get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of overcrowding, lack of separation between people and almost no one wearing a mask.” “When I saw that on TV, I said, ‘Oh, my God. Nothing good can come out of it, this must be a problem. “Then it is surely a highly diffuse event.”
Fauci was referring to Rose Garden press conference in late September Trump announced that he had nominated Amy Connie Barrett to serve as a judge on the Supreme Court. After that, a number of people who participated in the event, Including Trump, Has tested positive for Covid-19.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during the interview that Trump “sometimes equates wearing a mask with weakness,” which the doctor said was illogical. He said he believed Trump’s efforts to respond to his recommendations regarding the coronavirus pandemic were not so related to the president being “hostile to science” but rather that he was making a statement.
“I deeply believe he believes in science. If he hadn’t, he wouldn’t have entrusted his health to the competent doctors at Walter Reed Military Medical Center,” Fauci said of Trump’s recent hospital visit. For covid.
In a wide-ranging interview, Fauci discussed the Trump campaign announcement He says he took his words from earlier this year out of context. He told CBS he was “upset” about it.
He also said that the White House prevented him from attending a number of shows that requested interviews with him.
“I think there were restrictions,” Fauci said. “But it is not consistent.”