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Dr. Fauci On Publicly Contradicting Trump: ‘I Don’t Want To Embarrass Him…I Just Want To Get The Facts Out’

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Dr. Fauci On Publicly Contradicting Trump: ‘I Don’t Want To Embarrass Him…I Just Want To Get The Facts Out’




In a new interview with The New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, opened up about the unique challenges of serving on President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force.

Fauci opened up about all the times he’s been forced to contradict the president about the U.S. response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, saying that he just wants to “get the facts out.”

“I’ve been telling the president things he doesn’t want to hear. I have publicly had to say something different with what he states,” he continued, explaining that he’s engaged in “risky business” but insisting that Trump is not and has not been “pissed off” at him to date.



“I don’t want to embarrass him,” Fauci told The Times in an interview published on Saturday. “I don’t want to act like a tough guy, like I stood up to the president. I just want to get the facts out. And instead of saying, ‘You’re wrong,’ all you need to do is continually talk about what the data are and what the evidence is.”

The comments came as Trump continues to tout the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus cure, despite health officials’ warnings that not enough is known about its effects to draw a conclusion.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to approve hydroxychloroquine’s use to treat COVID-19.

Fauci was forced to clarify some of Trump’s comments about the drug on Friday after the president said he had a “good feeling” about it. Fauci said that hydroxychloroquine could not be used to prevent COVID-19.

“Many of the things out there are what I have called ‘anecdotal reports,'” he told reporters at a press briefing. “The information that you’re referring to specifically is anecdotal. It was not done in a controlled clinical trial, so you really can’t make any definitive statement about it.”

Fauci reiterated the clarification on Saturday, the same day that Trump tweeted that “HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine.”




“I’m not totally sure what the president was referring to,” Fauci said. “Many things you hear out there are what I call anecdotal reports. They may be true, but they’re anecdotal. .. If you really want to definitively know if something works, you have to do the kind of trial that you get the good information with.”

Fauci told The Times that he has been telling the president things he doesn’t want to hear and that he’s “publicly had to say something different with what he states.”

“He’s not a dummy. So he doesn’t take it — certainly up to now — he doesn’t take it in a way that I’m confronting him in any way,” he said. “He takes it in a good way.”





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