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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is already trying to muddy the waters ahead of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s scheduled testimony by suggesting the country’s top immunologist is being muzzled by President Donald Trump.
In an interview with The Hill, Schumer claimed that the president was ‘muzzling’ Fauci, which seemed to indicate that the doctor would have much more dire information to relay to the country were it not for the president’s presence in proximity.
“Fauci has a huge amount of respect” in the Senate, the New York Democrat claimed. “And it seems at times he’s muzzled by the president, uh, the president’s always lurking over his shoulder. This is the first time we get to hear him without the president looking over his shoulder, or cutting him off, or cutting the reporter off who asked the question, as he does frequently.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer: “This is the first time we get to hear [Dr. Fauci] without the President looking over his shoulder.” pic.twitter.com/evVimd4m0C
— The Hill (@thehill) May 12, 2020
Up to this point, Fauci has not only been free to speak at daily coronavirus press conferences, for the most part, but he has also made several media appearances without Trump “lurking” around or ‘muzzling’ him.
Continuing, Schumer said, “what we need to hear from” Fauci “is how careful should we be” in terms of reopening the country. “And he seems to indicate in his opening statement we have to be very careful.”
Fauci’s opening statement, most likely, has been vetted by the White House and, in particular, by the president, so insinuating that he would be saying something other than what the administration would want him to say is silly.
“President Trump has been like an ostrich in this whole crisis,” Schumer continued. “He thinks by saying something it becomes true because he wants it to happen, not that it will happen. So he said it was a hoax. He said it will go away soon. He said warm weather … Two months ago, he said everyone who wants a test can get a test. That clearly wasn’t true.”
Two months ago we had tests — the CDC had them — but they were faulty. And regulations that had been in place prevented other independent labs from manufacturing them. Also, Schumer’s claim that Trump called the virus a “hoax” is false and has been repeatedly debunked.
“Dr. Fauci is a truth-teller,” Schumer went on. “That’s his reputation. It seems he has sort of muted the truth some in the presence of the president, and to maybe admonitions privately from the president. He has to tell the whole truth here.
“The president does not like the truth. He likes a story that helps his own ego on the day he tells it. And that has had severe consequences for this country,” Schumer continued, implying, again, that the coronavirus pandemic is Trump’s fault.
And in fact, it appears as though Schumer has a problem with facts and the truth.
Speaking with economist Stephen Moore at the Conservative Political Action Committee meeting in February, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney pointed out that the Trump White House was onto the virus’ spread very early.
However, it was Congress that didn’t seem interested.
“My first meeting with Congress, face-to-face, was probably six weeks ago on coronavirus. … We take the medical experts down, we put them in front of Congress five, six weeks ago. Five senators show up. Ten, fifteen members of the House of Representatives show up. We were way ahead [of the issue],” Mulvaney said.
Moore responded, “Just who was asleep, right?”
Right. And what was occurring in that January timeframe? The Democrats were attempting to impeach the president, and that includes the very dishonest Chuck Schumer.
Trump’s response to the coronavirus, given what we know, seems to have been ahead of the curve all along. As for Fauci and his testimony, it’s absurd to suggest that it won’t align with the president’s policy of moving ahead with safely reopening the country as soon as possible.