Michael Brown on When the Media Manufactures a Fauci-Trump Split

Dr. Anthony Fauci and President Donald Trump (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

I don’t know what happens behind closed doors in the White House. I don’t know the true nature of the relationship between Dr. Anthony Fauci and President Trump. I do know when the media blows a story up, making a mountain out of a molehill.

I’m speaking specifically about the idea that Fauci threw the president under the bus on CNN on Easter Sunday night. This really is a tempest in a teapot.

If you don’t believe me, watch the actual footage of Jake Tapper’s interview with Dr. Fauci (see here for my related video commentary).

Tapper first contrasts South Korea’s successful response to the virus with America’s, asking if we could have done better.

Fauci responds by saying that the situation there was very different than here and so a fair comparison cannot be made.

Tapper then asks if more lives could have been saved had we responded more quickly to the warnings.

For a second time, Fauci is non-committal, saying there are lots of factors that go into making decisions about how to respond to something like this.

Tapper then presses the question a third time, with very little variation.

Fauci is still reluctant to say that lives could have been saved had we acted earlier, given all the dynamics that go into making these decisions. But he does admit that, had we taken more radical steps earlier on, then lives could have theoretically been saved.

Here are the most relevant parts of the transcript of the interview:

TAPPER: Sanjay Gupta said that’s — this is all because we got started too late in the U.S. Is that right? Do you agree?

FAUCI: You know, it isn’t as simple as that, Jake. I’m sorry.

So, Fauci doesn’t take the bait.

TAPPER: The New York Times  reported yesterday that you and other top officials wanted to recommend social and physical distancing guidelines to President Trump as far back as the third week of February, but the administration didn’t announce such guidelines to the American public until March 16, almost a month later. Why?

FAUCI: You know, Jake, as I have said many times, we look at it from a pure health standpoint. We make a recommendation. Often, the recommendation is taken. Sometimes, it’s not. But we — it is what it is. We are where we are right now.

Again, he does not take the bait.

TAPPER: Do you think lives could have been saved if social distancing, physical distancing, stay-at-home measures had started third week of February, instead of mid-March?

FAUCI: You know, Jake, again, it’s the what would have, what could have.

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SOURCE: Charisma News