Either Dr. Anthony Fauci is telling the truth to the American public or Joe Biden is lying, the Trump campaign claims in a report detailing several contradictory instances.
“Despite all the evidence to the contrary and what Democrat governors have said, Joe Biden continues to accuse President Trump of mishandling the response to the coronavirus,” the campaign said in a statement.
It continued: “Biden’s false claims also ignore and contradict Dr. Fauci’s statements that the Trump Administration acted quickly and very early, and did everything possible to save American lives after China unleashed a deadly pandemic on the world.”
In one example, the Trump campaign points to how Dr. Fauci has lauded the Trump administration’s initial response to the coronavirus pandemic, as taking necessary steps to slow the virus’ foothold in the country. But, throughout the campaign, Biden has been repeatedly critical of the Trump administration’s response.
From the report:
- Biden: “President Trump knew how deadly COVID-19 was and did nothing.” (09/17/2020)
- When he was asked in March whether the Trump Administration was “doing everything possible,” Dr. Fauci replied, “I believe so… I think in the context of what we’re being challenged with, I think everybody’s doing really well.” (03/10/2020)
- Biden: “He just wasn’t up to it, he froze, he failed to act.” (09/21/2020)
- Dr. Fauci: “We acted very, very early.” (03/31/2020)
- Biden: “Due to Donald Trump’s lies and incompetence in the past six months we’ve seen one of the gravest losses of American life in history.” (09/21/2020)
- Dr. Fauci: “The coordinated response has been – there are a number of adjectives to describe it – impressive, I think, is one of them. I mean, we’re talking about all hands on deck… I’m down at the White House virtually every day with the Task Force… So I can’t imagine that, under any circumstances, that anybody could be doing more.” (03/22/2020)
According to the report, Biden has claimed that “54,000 lives could have been spared” if Trump acted sooner to enact travel restrictions or social distancing guidelines.
But, Dr. Fauci is on the record defending the president by saying he did in fact listen to the advice, counsel, and recommendations of himself and fellow Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx.
“The first and only time that Dr. Birx and I went in and formally made a recommendation to the president, to actually have a, quote, shutdown in the sense of, not really shutdown, but to really have strong mitigation …. the president listened to the recommendation and went to the mitigation,” Fauci said in April.
“The next, second time that I went with Dr. Birx into the president and said 15 days are not enough, we need to go 30 days, obviously there were people who had a problem with that because of the potential secondary effects. Nonetheless, at that time, the president went with the health recommendations, and we extended it another 30 days,” he added at the time. “I can just tell you the first and only time that I went in and said we should do mitigation strongly, the response was yes, we’ll do it.”
Biden has also accused Trump of lying about the coronavirus pandemic, but Fauci said last month that nearly everything the president has said publicly has come from him or the other members of the Coronavirus Task Force.
“I don’t recall anything different than in our discussions that we had with the president that he said things quite similar publicly,” Fauci said on September 9. “In my discussions, and in the discussions of other Task Force members with the president, we’re talking about the reality of what was going on and then when we would get up in front of the press conferences, which were very, very common after our discussions with the president, he really didn’t say anything different than we discussed when we were with him.”
“I didn’t really see any discrepancies between what he told us and what we told him and what he ultimately came out publicly and said,” he added.
The Trump campaign accused Biden of “shamelessly fearmongering and playing politics with a public health crisis.”
“When Biden falsely accuses President Trump of malfeasance, he is actually smearing Dr. Fauci as a liar. Biden should stop lying about President Trump’s phenomenal response to the virus and stop ignoring what Dr. Fauci has said,” it added.