Dr. Fauci: Trump restrictions on travel from China, Europe, UK saved American lives early in pandemic

Dr. Anthony Fauci told House lawmakers Friday that he believed President Trump’s actions during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic saved American lives. During Fauci’s testimony before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., asked Fauci if he was involved in the president’s January order restricting travel from China. “Yes, sir, I was,” Fauci answered. “Do you agree with that decision?” asked Scalise. “I do,” Fauci responded. “Do you think that decision saved lives, Dr. Fauci?” Scalise asked. “Yes, I do,” the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases answered. Fauci went on to say that he was “actively involved” in the administration’s decision to restrict air travel to the U.S. from Europe, and repeated, “Yes, I do” when Scalise asked if he agreed with the move and if he believed it saved American lives. He gave similar responses when Scalise asked about the restriction of travel from the U.K. and the rollout of the administration’s “15 days to slow the spread” and “30 days to slow the spread” guidelines earlier this year. “So, I know we’ve heard a lot about disagreements,” Scalise said, “and clearly there are many decisions made. In fact, there are many, very internationally respected doctors that are involved in each of those decisions … by and large, would you say that you and President Trump have been in agreement on most of those decisions?” Fauci responded: “We were in agreement on virtually all of those.” For months, pundits have speculated about a rift between Trump and Fauci as the latter’s national profile has risen during the pandemic. White House trade advisor Peter Navarro stoked concerns about such a disagreement when he published an op-ed in USA Today earlier this month claiming that Fauci had flip-flopped on the issue of wearing masks. He also expressed caution over taking Fauci’s advice and claimed the adviser fought Trump on his decision to ban travel from China. In response, Fauci told The Atlantic: “When the staff lets out something like that and the entire scientific and press community push back on it, it ultimately hurts the president.”

Agreed.  Yeah, this whole narrative being pushed by the dominantly liberal mainstream media (i.e. CNN, MSNBC, NPR/PBS, the NY Times, etc,) that there is this huge rift between Dr. Fauci and the President is just bs.  And, Dr. Fauci’s testimony under oath here on the last day of July 2020 confirms it.  The liberal media and Democrats are pushing that narrative because it’s an election year, and Dr. Fauci is becoming very popular; an almost pop culture icon of sorts in this new era.  And,  they desperately want to paint President Trump into a corner so hey can blame him, somehow, for the Wuhan virus crisis we’re all dealing with.  Kudos to Congressman  Steve Scalise (R-LA) for asking these very direct, straightforward and relevant questions of Dr. Fauci and getting this on the record.  Excellent!!     🙂

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