President Trump retweeted a comment from DeAnna Lorraine, a congressional candidate who ran unsuccessfully against Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., last month, suggesting it may be time to fire Fauci from the White House coronavirus task force.
“Fauci is now saying that had Trump listened to the medical experts earlier he could’ve saved more lives. Fauci was telling people on February 29th that there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US public at large. Time to #FireFauci…,” Lorraine tweeted.
The tweet prompted a retweet from Trump, along with a comment.
“Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up. Thank you @OANN,” the president said.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2020
It may be up to interpretation to say whether Trump’s tweet is expressing frustration with Fauci or with the “Fake News” media
One thing that looks to be certain in the lead up to the November election, Democrats and their media enabler are set on pushing a narrative that Trump was slow to react to the Wuhan virus and that delay resulted in a loss of life that could have been avoided — as was learned with the Russian collusion hoax, truth has little to do with such political machinations.
Lorraine’s tweet appears to be in response to a Sunday appearance by Fauci on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
The comment that is getting all the play in the agenda-driven media is seen below.
“I mean, obviously, you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives,” he said. “Obviously, no one is going to deny that. But what goes into those kinds of decisions is complicated. But you’re right. Obviously, if we had, right from the very beginning, shut everything down, it may have been a little bit different. But there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down.”
Fauci’s remarks after anchor Jake Tapper compared the U.S. to South Korea, which has had better success in its fight against the coronavirus, to question whether we got started “too late” are not getting the same airtime.
“You know, it isn’t as simple as that, Jake, I’m sorry,” Fauci said. “I mean, to just say this is all happening because we got started too late. Obviously, could you have done something earlier and would it have had an impact, obviously. The size of the country, the heterogeneity of the country, it’s unfair to compare us with South Korea who had the capability of shutting off an outbreak completely in a way we may not have been able to do in this country.”
“So obviously, it would have been nice if we had a better head start. But I don’t think you can say we are where we are because of one factor. It’s very complicated, Jake,” he added.
President Trump slammed the New York Times for reporting on Fauci’s remarks, calling the article and the newspaper “Fake.”
“I was criticized for moving too fast when I issued the China Ban, long before most others wanted to do so,” he tweeted. [Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar] told me nothing until later, and Peter Navarro memo was same as Ban (see his statements). Fake News!”
The @nytimes story is a Fake, just like the “paper” itself. I was criticized for moving too fast when I issued the China Ban, long before most others wanted to do so. @SecAzar told me nothing until later, and Peter Navarro memo was same as Ban (see his statements). Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2020
As Lorraine noted, Fauci was saying early on that COVID-19 was not something that would have a big impact in the U.S. While she noted the date of February 29, he was saying that much earlier, in mid-January.
And the media has long been trying to create a rift between Fauci and the president, as was seen in response to Trump talking about the success some doctors are having with the drug hydroxychloroquine.
Either way, folks are distrusting of Fauci, who manages to dance all over the line in his comments, saying things that can be interpreted as criticism of the president.
The media playing up select portions of his comment resulted — perhaps, by design — in a strong online response calling for him to be fired.
Trump Retweets Call to Fire Fauci – Deep State Doctor in Bill Gates’ pocket! pic.twitter.com/l6V9j3IaMB
— GrrrGraphics Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) April 12, 2020
Fauci is a little, little rat.
Fauci on CNN’s Tapper Show: Earlier Mitigation Could Have Saved Lives https://t.co/hWPZhS6QlV
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) April 13, 2020
— StayHomeSusan (@100that_bish) April 13, 2020
Thank you Dear Mr. President @realDonaldTrump! Feel Blessed you received my letter. Happy Easter! It’s time for Truth Freedom Health to ARISE for the American Worker.
— Dr.SHIVA Ayyadurai, MIT PhD. Inventor of Email (@va_shiva) April 12, 2020
— Melissa A. (@TheRightMelissa) April 13, 2020
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