Former President Donald Trump unloaded on Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in a statement on Monday evening in response to Fauci appearing to take credit for the rapid development of vaccines by the United States.
“When I saw what happen In New York City almost over running of our health care system, it was like Oh my goodness,” Fauci said in a CNN interview that aired on Sunday night. “And that’s when it became very clear that the decision we made on January the 10th to go all out and develop a vaccine may have been the best decision that I’ve ever made with regard to an intervention as the director of the institute.”
Fauci credits himself, not Trump, for the rapid rollout of Covid vaccines: “It may have been the best decision that I’ve ever made" pic.twitter.com/CYrni6KeKA
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 29, 2021
Trump slammed Fauci in a statement and also took a shot at former White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinate Dr. Deborah Birx, who suggested during the same CNN program that the Trump administration failed to reduce the number of COVID-19 deaths that occurred after the first wave hit the U.S. last Spring.
Trump called Fauci and Birx “two self-promoters” who were “trying to reinvent history to cover for their bad instincts and faulty recommendations, which I fortunately almost always overturned.”
“We developed American vaccines by an American President in record time, nine months, which is saving the entire world,” Trump said. “We bought billions of dollars of these vaccines on a calculated bet that they would work, perhaps the most important bet in the history of the world. Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx moved far too slowly, and if it were up to them we’d currently be locked in our basements as our country suffered through a financial depression. Families, and children in particular, would be suffering the mental strains of this disaster like never before.”
Trump noted that Fauci was “said he was an athlete in college but couldn’t throw a baseball even close to home plate, it was a ‘roller,'” and that he “tried to take credit for the vaccine, when in fact he said it would take three to five years, and probably longer, to have it approved.”
“Dr. Fauci was incapable of pressing the FDA to move it through faster. I was the one to get it done, and even the fake news media knows and reports this,” Trump continued. “Dr. Fauci is also the king of ‘flip-flops’ and moving the goalposts to make himself look as good as possible. He fought me so hard because he wanted to keep our country open to countries like China. I closed it against his strong recommendation, which saved many lives. Dr. Fauci also said we didn’t need to wear masks, then a few months later he said we needed to wear masks, and now, two or three of them. Fauci spent U.S. money on the Wuhan lab in China—and we now know how that worked out.”
Trump called Birx “a proven liar with very little credibility left,” and specifically highlighted how she “gave a huge mandate to the people of our Nation to not travel, and then traveled a great distance to see her family for Thanksgiving—only to have them call the police and turn her in.”
“She then, embarrassingly for her, resigned,” Trump continued. “Finally, Dr. Birx says she can’t hear very well, but I can. There was no ‘very difficult’ phone call, other than Dr. Birx’s policies that would have led us directly into a COVID caused depression. She was a very negative voice who didn’t have the right answers. Time has proven me correct. I only kept Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx on because they worked for the U.S. government for so long—they are like a bad habit!”