President Donald Trump lamented his low approval rating and compared his popularity to that of Dr Anthony Fauci at a press conference on Tuesday, saying “nobody likes me.”
The president boasted of having a “very good” relationship with Fauci, the country’s foremost infectious disease expert, and said his high approval rating was passed on to the entire Trump administration then that she was working together to fight the virus.
Trump was asked about his take on Fauci after retweeting a message Monday night claiming the doctor had misled the public about hydroxychloroquine.
“I get along with him very well and agree with a lot of what he said,” Trump insisted.
President Donald Trump lamented his low approval rating and compared his popularity to that of Dr Anthony Fauci at a press conference on Tuesday, saying ‘nobody likes me’
“So it’s curious, a man works for us, with us, very closely, Dr Fauci and Dr Birx too, very well thought out – and yet they are very well liked, but nobody likes me?” Trump said. Fauci pictured above
Trump was asked about his take on Fauci after retweeting a post (above) on Monday evening claiming the doctor misled the public about hydroxychloroquine
“It’s interesting: he has a very good approval rating. And I like it, it’s good. Because remember: he works for this administration. He works with us… He works with our administration. And for the most part, we did what he and others – and Dr Birx and others – recommended, ”he said.
Trump then turned the tables and compared to his own popularity amid criticism of his handling of the pandemic, which has infected more than 4.3 million people in the United States and killed more than 149,000 people.
And he has that high approval rating. So why don’t I have a high approval rating for complying with – and administering – the virus? We should have it very high, ”argued Trump.
“So it’s curious, a man works for us, with us, very closely, Dr Fauci and Dr Birx also, very much appreciated – and yet they are very much appreciated, but nobody likes me?”
“It can only be my personality, that’s all,” said the president.
Dr Anthony Fauci dismissed Trump’s Twitter frenzy on Monday night when he praised hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19, contrary to medical research, and said Fauci had “misled” the country on the drug. On Tuesday morning, Fauci said he neither tweeted nor read messages from the president. “I don’t know how to fix it,” Fauci said
Trump was criticized following his Twitter frenzy on Monday night where he retweeted a slew of posts praising the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19.
He has also been criticized for twice retweeting a video of Dr Stella Immanuel who claimed that hydroxychloroquine is a ‘cure’ for the coronavirus, but his clips were deleted by Twitter for misinformation about the coronavirus.
Donald Trump Jr also shared a video of his speech and his account was suspended.
Dr Immanuel has a long history of supporting conspiracy theories and Trump ended his press conference on Tuesday when he was pressed with his own retweets on his claims.
She received a medical license in Texas in November, according to state records.
On Tuesday morning, Fauci dismissed Trump’s rant on Twitter Monday night, which included his post about Dr. Immanuel’s speech as well as Fauci’s criticism.
“I don’t know how to fix it,” the country’s leading immunologist told Good Morning America of the president’s tweet storm. “I will definitely continue to do my job.
“I, you know, I don’t tweet, I don’t – I don’t even read them,” Fauci, 79, told ABC News host George Stephanopoulos. “So I don’t really want to go.
President Trump has defended Dr. Stella Immanuel, who has a long history of promoting conspiracy theories and who claims that hydroxy cures the coronavirus. She received a medical license in Texas in November, state records show
Trump retweeted on Friday two videos of Dr Stella Immanuel speaking outside the U.S. Capitol, others calling themselves “America’s frontline doctors.” She claimed that the antimalarial drug hydroxycloroquine is effective in treating COVID-19, despite other medical research refuting this
Immanuel demanded that the videos be reposted on social media on Tuesday evening
“She was on the air with many other doctors,” Trump said at Tuesday’s press conference, when asked about his retweet of Dr. Immanuel’s speech.
“They were big fans of hydroxychloroquine. And I thought she was very impressive in that where she was from – I don’t know what country she is from – but she says she has had huge success with hundreds of different patients and I thought her voice was an important voice but I don’t know anything about her.
The president was pressed by Emmanuel’s claims, which include face masks not working in the fight against COVID-19, alien DNA used in prescriptions and that the medical community is trying to manufacture a vaccine to immunize a nobody against religion.
Trump ended the case by saying “thank you very much” and stepping off the podium.
In May, the World Health Organization stopped its trial of hydroxychloroquine. The National Institutes for Health also halted their trial in June after determining that it provided “no benefit” to the patients studied.
Trump admitted in May that he was on a two-week course of treatment with the drug as part of a coronavirus diet.
He said on Tuesday that “many doctors” think hydroxy is successful.
“A lot of doctors think it’s extremely effective,” he said. “Hydroxychloroquine coupled with z-pack. And some people think it’s become political. I took it for a period of 14 days. And here I am. I think it works at first. I think frontline physicians believe it too. Some. A lot. So we’ll take a look at it.