On Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who liberals hold up as the end-all-be-all in science for the Chinese virus, defended President Donald Trump from claims that he lied concerning the virus pandemic, telling Fox News: “I don’t recall anything that was any gross distortion in things that I spoke to him about.”
It was revealed on Wednesday that Trump told journalist Bob Woodward that he had downplayed the threat of the virus pandemic to prevent the public from panicking. No president should ever create a panic.
Trump spoke to Woodward a number of times, as he was doing research on his latest book about the Trump administration, Rage. Just curious, do you think Woodward would ever do a hit job book on Joe Biden?
The Washington Post went further, saying that Trump had been “intentionally misleading” Americans.
Who the hell does the WaPo think they’re kidding? Trying to hold down a public panic while at the same time saying that the virus is serious business is not intentionally misleading? The president was trying to keep people from panicking. That’s what good leaders do. On the other hand, the Washington Post received Pulitzer Prizes for Fake News reporting on the Mueller witch hunt Russian collusion hoax, and they still haven’t returned the prizes or money awarded since the investigation showed there was no collusion.
Trump’s rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, made a similar argument on the campaign trail in Michigan on Thursday, telling members of the United Auto Workers that Trump had “lied” about the pandemic, calling Trump’s admission “a life and death betrayal of the American people.”
Trump did no such thing.
However, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Fox News later: “I don’t think Trump ever distorted things that I spoke to him about.”
Did you hear that, WaPo? The guy leftists prop up as the top expert says Trump never distorted anything they talked about.
Referring to Trump’s virus pandemic press briefings, Fauci said, “I don’t think he said much different than what we said to him when we were in the Oval Office.”
In public statements about the virus pandemic, going all the way back to January, Trump took a very optimistic view.
But he additionally frequently mentioned the fact that the virus could pose a serious risk to the country.
On January 30 of this year, Trump told a crowd at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa:
“Hopefully everything’s going to be great. They have somewhat of a problem, but hopefully it’s all going to be great. But, we’re working with China just so you know, and other countries very, very closely, so it doesn’t get out of hand, but it’s something that we have to be very, very careful with, right? We have to be very careful.”
Notice, he said ” it’s something that we have to be very, very careful with, right? We have to be very careful.” This was around the same time he spoke with Woodward.
He issued a ban on travel to and from China the very next day. Biden and others called Trump a racist and a xenophobe for doing it, but experts now agree that the travel saved countless American lives. Later, Biden revised his comments and agree that the China travel ban was the right thing to do.
Trump spoke to Woodward several times, as the latter researched his latest book about the administration, Rage. Why Trump sits down with this cretin who is only out to trash him is beyond my comprehension.
In his State of the Union address, Trump said:
“Protecting Americans’ health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”
Again, the president said, “My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”
And don’t forget that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tore up that speech right in front of the entire world.
In March, Fauci told Mark Levin on Fox News’ Life, Liberty & Levin that Trump’s response to the pandemic had been “impressive,” adding, “I can’t imagine that under any circumstances that anybody could be doing more.”
Again, did you hear that WaPo? Fauci said he couldn’t imagine anyone doing more than what this president did to combat the Chinese virus.
The question of balancing the need to inform the public and the need to maintain calm is one that policymakers often face when confronting challenges like infectious diseases. In fact, a month after Trump did the China travel ban, in February, the day before Biden won the South Carolina primary, he said in a speech that Americans had no need to panic over the Chinese virus.
Even so, the Fake News media will never mention that back in 2009, when he was vice president, Joe Biden sparked a panic by imploring the public to not travel by airplane or subways due to the threat of the H1N1 swine flu. The Obama White House tenderly attempted to walk back Biden’s hyperbolic comments.
Fauci, a member of Trump’s virus pandemic task force, and a man whom Biden has praised, admitted back in June that he downplayed the need for masks early in the pandemic over concerns that public demand would end up with shortage of masks for medical workers.
Don’t forget we had House Speaker Nancy Pelosi telling people to come to Chinatown and not worry about the virus after Trump did the China travel ban. Just about everyone in government in New York City from Mayor Bill de Blasio to city health officials all said to not let the virus ruin your life and you should go to the movie theaters and dine out at restaurants, also after Trump imposed the China travel ban.
Democrats have lengthy claimed that Trump referred to as coronavirus a “hoax.” However, Trump was not referring to the virus itself, however to the way in which Democrats have been politicizing it.
As left-leaning FactCheck.org concluded: “Trump did use the word ‘hoax’ but his full comments, and subsequent explanation, make clear he was talking about Democratic attacks on his administration’s handling of the outbreak, not the virus itself.”
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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