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Famed Dr. Anthony Fauci, who was at the top of former President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force is now speaking his mind on the former administration.
He defended the former president after CNN reported that the Biden administration was left very little in the way of a vaccine distribution plan and were basically “starting from scratch.”
Newly sworn in President Joe Biden and his advisers are inheriting no coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to speak of from the Trump administration, sources tell CNN, posing a significant challenge for the new White House.
The Biden administration has promised to try to turn the Covid-19 pandemic around and drastically speed up the pace of vaccinating Americans against the virus. But in the immediate hours following Biden being sworn into office on Wednesday, sources with direct knowledge of the new administration’s Covid-related work told CNN one of the biggest shocks that the Biden team had to digest during the transition period was what they saw as a complete lack of a vaccine distribution strategy under former President Donald Trump, even weeks after multiple vaccines were approved for use in the United States.
“There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch,” a source said.
But Dr. Fauci said that the report was not accurate.
“We are certainly not starting from scratch,” he said. “You can’t say it was absolutely not usable at all.”
But he had plenty of negativity for the former president after months of not getting involved in politics the doctor is now unloading on the former president and his administration, Mediaite reported.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has made no secret of the fact that he feels very relieved that he is now serving under a different administration.
He got more specific in an interview Friday night with Rachel Maddow, who said while she has complete faith in Fauci and other medical professionals in government, it alarmed her to see reports about the pressures applied to the CDC during the pandemic that were at odds with best practices and what most experts were recommending.
“We had a situation where science was distorted and/or rejected. And a lot of pressure was put on individuals and organizations to do things that were not directly related to what their best opinion would be, vis-a-vis the science,” he said to the MSNBC host. “I had pressure put on me, but I resisted it.”
He told Maddow that he did not want to contradict the president and others in the administration who were “saying things that just were not consistent with the science.”
“I didn’t want to be at odds with the president, because I have a lot of respect for the office of the presidency. But there was conflict at different levels with different people and different organizations, and a lot of pressure being put on to do things that just are not capable with the science,” he said as he called it “chilling.”
Taking another swipe at the former Trump administration he said that he was blocked from doing Maddow’s show in the past, but said he believed the new administration would not prevent him from doing certain shows.
“I’ve been wanting to come on your show for months and months. You’ve been asking me to come on your show for months and months, and it’s just gotten blocked. Let’s call it what it is. It just got blocked because they didn’t like the way you handle things and they didn’t want me on,” Fauci said.
“I don’t think you’re going to see that now,” he said. You’re not going to see deliberate holding back of good people when the press asks for them.”
That is an interesting take considering that he was allowed to go on CNN shows with Chris Cuomo and Anderson Cooper who repeatedly pounded the president and his administration.