Presidential debate: Trump lies on Fauci’s advice on coronavirus in heated exchange

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President Donald Trump blamed Dr Anthony Fauci for the country’s response to the coronavirus at the start of the pandemic by accusing the expert of flip-flopping on his advice to Americans.

The accusations arose during the third presidential debate.

“I get along very well with Anthony… He said it wouldn’t be a problem,” Trump said of the pandemic. “Fauci said not to wear masks, then he said to wear masks!”

Mr Trump has claimed that Dr Fauci has told the American public that the coronavirus pandemic will not be a problem, but that statement is incorrect.

On February 29, Dr Fauci said the risk of the new virus was low “right now”. But he added: “That could change”.

Dr Fauci, like most experts around the world, has also advised the public against wearing masks. Indeed, the virus was still relatively unknown at the time and health professionals feared that they would not have enough PPE in hospitals.

The mask-wearing recommendation was changed once it was determined that the face shield could help deter the spread of the virus.

After attacking Dr Fauci for changing his opinion on the pandemic, the president again accused the infectious disease expert of being “a Democrat.”

“I think he’s a Democrat but that’s okay. He is allowed to make mistakes, ”the president said.

Dr Fauci is not registered with a political party. The epidemiologist has served under six presidents since Ronald Reagan as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Given his position in government, Dr Fauci has boasted of being “apolitical” in an effort to properly serve the public and regardless of the White House administration.

“I do not and will never publicly support any political candidate,” Dr Fauci said in a recent interview with CNN.

Dr Fauci made the public statement after the Trump campaign used him in a political advertisement without his permission. In the announcement, it appeared the expert was politically endorsing the efforts of Mr. Trump and his administration during the coronavirus pandemic.

“And here I am, they stick me in the middle of a campaign ad. Which I found scandalous, ”added Dr Fauci. “I was referring to something completely different. I was referring to the grueling work of the task force which, ‘God, we were knocking ourselves out seven days a week. I don’t think we could have done more than that. ”

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