Mask off: Fauci says lack of ‘candor’ from Trump administration about Covid-19 likely cost lives, gets accused of hypocrisy
Dr. Anthony Fauci continues to ramp up his criticism of the Trump administration, telling CNN – a network whose reporting he directly contradicted only a day before – saying a “lack of candor” likely led to unnecessary deaths.
After a Thursday press briefing where he mostly fielded questions about the benefits of working with the Biden administration over Trump’s, Fauci joined CNN on Friday morning and took similar questions.
Asked if a “lack of candor or facts” from former President Trump led to contributed to the death toll from Covid-19, Fauci laid into the previous administration.
“You know, it very likely did,” he said, adding that he didn’t want his words to become a “soundbite,” but continuing anyway.
“I think if you just look at that, you can see that when you’re starting to go down paths that are not based on any science at all, that is not helpful at all, and particularly when you’re in a situation of almost being in a crisis with the number of cases and hospitalizations and deaths that we have,” he said.
The lack of candor and facts “likely did” cost lives last year, Dr. Fauci says.“There’s no secret. We’ve had a lot of divisiveness, we’ve had facts that were very, very clear, that were questioned. People were not trusting what health officials were saying.” pic.twitter.com/naqYQhvgJK— New Day (@NewDay) January 22, 2021
Fauci has praised the Biden administration and claimed they will “let the science speak” and restore trust in public health officials.
“We’ve had a lot of divisiveness, we’ve had facts that were very, very clear that were questioned. People were not trusting what health officials were saying, there was great divisiveness, masks became a political issue,” Fauci, who was criticized multiple times publicly by Trump, said.
Fauci’s sudden turn on the Trump administration – which he had previously praised while working with – has led to a wave of criticism, with many using Fauci’s own words, including a recommendation early in the pandemic not to wear masks, to contradict the tone he is taking now.
Surely he’s talking about himself as he’s the only one on record repeatedly lying about Covid? https://t.co/d4vt3s3c0C— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 22, 2021
Fauci last year: “I have never been muzzled ever, and I’ve been doing this since the administration of Ronald Reagan. I’m not being muzzled by this admin.”Fauci when asked if he was forced to say certain things: "Everything I do is voluntarily. Please. Don't even imply that.” https://t.co/6MpYchTSlc— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 22, 2021
Fauci told us masks were useless, then openly chuckled about lying about it https://t.co/tW1dumeFgW— Frances Martel (@francesmartel) January 22, 2021
What wasn’t touched on in Fauci’s Friday interview with CNN is the fact that he directly contradicted a ‘source’-based report from the network, printed only a day earlier, claiming the Biden administration needed to “start from scratch” with vaccine distributions due to a lack of planning from Trump’s team.
Speaking to reporters at the White House only hours after the report was released, Fauci denied this.
“We certainly are not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the distribution,” he said.Also on rt.com ‘We are absolutely not starting from scratch!’ Fauci BUSTS ‘source-based’ CNN report on Covid-19 vaccine rollout
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