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Fauci Makes Conflicting Statements to the Media Over Coronavirus Response

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The media and President Trump’s adversaries are pouncing on a claim the president was slow to react to the public health threat posed by the coronavirus.

The New York Times story, “He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus,” was a topic in an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

During the discussion with host Jake Tapper, Fauci said the administration didn’t listen to recommendations to enact social distancing in February.

In response to Tapper’s question about The New York Times story asserting that Fauci and others recommended social distancing to the president at the end of February, Fauci said, “We make a recommendation. Often, the recommendation is taken. Sometimes, it’s not.”

In addition, Fauci answered a speculative question about whether the consequences of the coronavirus would have been reduced if the federal recommendation came earlier.

Fauci told MSNBC’s Al Sharpton “we were in real trouble” over the coronavirus “towards the middle to end of January.”

Fauci’s comments to Tapper and Sharpton are in direct conflict with what he said during other interviews.

Indeed, Fauci – a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force – was not advocating early on for aggressive government action to combat the virus.

During an interview on NewsmaxTV on January 21, Fauci said the coronavirus “is not a major threat to the people of the United States.”

Over a month later on February 29 on NBC’s Today Show “Health & Wellness,” Fauci commented on the coronavirus fears saying, “No need to change lifestyle yet.”

Following Fauci’s CNN interview with Tapper, President Trump retweeted a post that showed Fauci was opposed to restricting lifestyles in late February.

The president’s retweet is getting media attention because of the hashtag “FireFauci.”

A story by The New York Times on Sunday is playing up the president’s Tweet that used the “FireFauci” hashtag.

The New York Times reports:

President Trump publicly signaled his frustration on Sunday with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the federal government’s top infectious disease expert, after the doctor said more lives could have been saved from the coronavirus if the country had been shut down earlier.

President Trump is defending himself from the attacks by the media.

The anti-Trump media are ignoring Fauci’s conflicting statements about the timing of his recommendations because they want to blame President Trump.

President Trump’s adversaries are misleading the public over the response to the coronavirus and are ignoring the big picture of who is to blame which are the officials from China and the World Health Organization.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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