Dr. Anthony Fauci is defending his credibility as a coronavirus expert to the American people amid a clash with the White House over his trustworthiness.
As the Independent Journal Review reports, President Trump has sought to discredit Fauci after he discouraged the American people from wearing a protective face mask. He later endorsed their effectiveness and encouraged people to wear them. Fauci has also made several incorrect predictions about the spread of the coronavirus. Trump shared a video of Fauci’s incorrect remarks on his Twitter.
Fauci was asked about general misinformation and conflicting information during a virtual event hosted by Georgetown University on Tuesday where he said the experts can still be trusted.
The White House coronavirus task force member said he too could be trusted for accurate information.
“I believe, for the most part, you can trust respected medical authorities. I believe I’m one of them, so I think you can trust me,” Fauci said via IJR.
“I would stick with respected medical authorities who have a track record of telling the truth, who have a track record of giving information and policy and recommendations based on scientific evidence and good data,” he added.
Watch his comments below:
"I believe, for the most part, you can trust respected medical authorities," Dr. Anthony Fauci says. "I believe I'm one of them, so I think you can trust me."
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— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) July 18, 2020
The Independent Journal Review adds:
Trump appeared on Greta Van Susteren’s broadcast “Full Court Press” where he was asked about Fauci’s recent remarks insisting the United States’ progress is “really not good” where the coronavirus is concerned.
“Even Dr. Fauci is saying that we’re ‘knee-deep,’ and he’s saying that we’re not in a very good place or something to that effect,” Susteren said. “How do we reconcile the good news with the bad news?”
Despite the alarmingly high surge in infection rates, hospitalization, and ICUs reaching capacity, Trump disagreed with Fauci saying, “Well, I think we are in a good place. I disagree with him.”
Trump also noted that Fauci originally said that the general public does not need to wear masks, “Dr. Fauci said don’t wear masks, now he says wear them.”