In a recent interview with The New York Times, Dr. Anthony Fauci sat down once more with the media to give one of his first major interviews since Donald Trump’s departure from the White House. The intent behind this sudden interview was clear; the media giant wanted to get the inside scoop from Dr. Fauci himself on the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic without the supposed political pressure they claimed the former president had placed on him.
Fauci himself is not safe from controversy. Both the left and right, at different points, have questioned his back-and-forth opinions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, Fauci has been treated like a celebrity for his outspoken and prominent advice that often seemed at odds with Trump’s rhetoric. Since Trump’s departure, the media appeared to be eagerly waiting for the first interview with Fauci, expecting a bombshell condemnation of Trump’s response to the pandemic. Reality proved just the opposite.
Fauci’s interview with the Times certainly proved interesting and informative on his role in the Trump administration. Unfortunately for liberals throughout the country, their hopes for an attack on Trump’s COVID-19 record did not come to fruition.
The infectious disease expert summed up the perceived differences between himself and Trump as a case of simple miscommunication. Throughout the interview, Fauci repeatedly mentioned Trump’s intention to put a positive spin on almost all the information from his advisors. Interestingly, Fauci seemed to blame Trump’s circle of advisors that appeared to resent the more negative but realistic outlook on the COVID-19 pandemic he and White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Brix usually shared.
Fauci Not Playing the Blame Game
Fauci ultimately seemed to blame the overly optimistic views of then-President Trump on his coronavirus task force members. Throughout the interview, Fauci repeatedly stated that Trump appeared to take his advice to heart when speaking with him one-on-one, but that the then-president’s statements would usually completely turn around upon speaking with other advisors. To be clear, Fauci’s words should not be taken as gospel. Since the beginning of the pandemic, his defeatist attitude has dominated the media cycle. Despite this fact, his answers gave credit to Dr. Birx’s recent statements to the media that the president was receiving competing data from sources outside of herself and Dr. Fauci, leading to a façade of conflict within the task force adopted by the media.
Infamous clips showing Dr. Fauci disagreeing with statements the president had just made were summed up as Fauci’s way of presenting the facts in a manner that was not meant to be confrontational to the president but to provide his own views on the pandemic. By the end of the interview, Fauci had discredited countless media reports about his friction with Trump. He continued to insist that the president merely “expressed disappointment” with Fauci’s opinions and statements. Fauci even praised Trump’s lack of personal confrontation with him, debunked media reports encouraged by the interviewer, and refused to answer a leading question about Donald Trump’s responsibility for the loss of life in the pandemic.
The Fauci bombshell interview was anything but damning, providing no political ammunition for the liberals who have treated Dr. Fauci as the second coming of Christ in their crusade against Trump. To his credit, Fauci refrained from making the interview political or espousing anti-Trump rhetoric after the president’s departure, as some of the 45th president’s allies and staff have done.
Even now, Dr. Fauci has come out strongly against liberal advocates refusing to admit that schools should reopen, possibly further souring his reputation with an anti-Trump coalition opposed to a gradual return to normal life. The Biden administration is currently split on deciding whether to advocate a return to in-person schooling or not. Dr. Fauci will quickly prove to be a more positive voice for returning to education that the progressive left has been firmly against for months. After all this time, Dr. Fauci’s relationship with Donald Trump has been uncovered, and bereft of the drama the left so desperately desired as another potential slurring of the former president’s legacy.
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