Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciUS records more than 70,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day, reaching midsummer levels COVID-19 surge prompts warnings that anticipated ‘third wave’ is now here New Trump ad features multiple clips of president wearing mask MORE, a member of the White House’s COVID-19 response team, said in a new interview that he was not surprised that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLatest Mnuchin-Pelosi call produces ‘encouraging news on testing’ for stimulus package China warns it will detain American nationals following DOJ prosecution of Chinese scholars: report Musician John Fogerty issues cease and desist over Trump use of ‘Fortunate Son’ MORE was sickened with coronavirus after seeing him and others maskless at a White House event for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettWashington flooded with Women’s March protesters ahead of Barrett confirmation vote Appeals court upholds Kentucky abortion law requiring clinics to have transfer agreements with hospitals Liberals should embrace Trump’s Supreme Court nominee MORE.
Fauci, who is the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told CBS News in an interview that images he saw of the event alarmed him even before it was revealed that numerous attendees had tested positive for the virus. He worried that numerous people would be infected, he said.
“Were you surprised that President Trump got sick?” asked CBS’s Dr. Jon LaPook.
“Absolutely not,” Fauci responded. “I was worried that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded, no separation between people, and almost nobody wearing a mask.”
Dr. Fauci says he was “absolutely not” surprised that President Trump got sick with coronavirus after seeing POTUS at what “turned out to be a super-spreader event” at the White House. https://t.co/Iq75GoCErk pic.twitter.com/iDWEaoX582
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 18, 2020
“When I saw that on TV, I said, ‘Oh my goodness. Nothing good can come out of that, that’s got to be a problem.’ And then sure enough, it turned out to be a superspreader event,” Fauci continued.
At least 11 people who attended the Sept. 26 event, including both Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump slams ‘salacious gossip’ by ex-adviser who wrote tell-all book Ted Cruz won’t wear mask to speak to reporters at Capitol Two in three Americans say Trump has not taken pandemic seriously enough: poll MORE, as well as numerous journalists and lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19 following their attendance. Photos of the ceremony, at which Trump announced his intent to nominated Barrett to the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgWashington flooded with Women’s March protesters ahead of Barrett confirmation vote Liberals should embrace Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Hypocrisy on the high court: ‘Textualists’ and the Tenth Amendment MORE, showed few attendees wearing masks or following social distancing guidelines recommended by Washington D.C. health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Trump’s diagnosis resulted in a multi-day hospitalization at Walter Reed Medical Center, where the president was treated with a steroid regimen as well as an experimental antibody cocktail.