Donald Trump said that he did 'pretty much the opposite' of what Dr. Fauci advised during the COVID-19 pandemic
Former President Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci, April 2020. Drew Angerer / Getty Images
Former President Donald Trump said he did "the opposite" of Dr. Anthony Fauci's advice done.
Trump said he decided against firing Fauci because he "took heat" for it.
Trump and Fauci have often criticized each other for their different approaches to the pandemic.
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Former President Donald Trump said he did "pretty much the opposite" of what Dr. Anthony Fauci during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump commented on Real America's Voice in an interview with David Brody on Friday.
Brody asked the former president if he regretted not firing Fauci, who was now Biden's senior medical advisor and formerly a senior member of the White House's coronavirus task force.
Trump said he ignored his advice during the pandemic while "getting along" with the doctor.
"It was there for about 40 years or so. It was part of the furniture. But when you think about it, I really did pretty much the opposite of everything he said," Trump said.
“I actually got along with him, you know? I actually found him - he was a character. He said, 'Just call me Tony. And you know he's a better promoter than he's a doctor. "
Trump said he made his own decisions about how to deal with the pandemic, which was often at odds with Fauci's advice.
"He didn't want to close our country off from China. I did it immediately. I didn't even hesitate. And three months later he said that I had saved thousands of lives with it. He didn't want to close our country." to Europe and I made it. "
In the early days of the pandemic, Dr. Fauci that a travel restriction "is not a good idea at this point".
However, according to Politifact, he generally supported the Chinese travel restrictions that Trump later announced.
During the interview, Trump also criticized Fauci for changing his stance on the meaning of masks.
"He also said that masks mean nothing. Then he became a radical masker," said Trump.
Fauci initially said masks were not useful in preventing the virus from spreading and then advised the public not to buy them and cause a shortage of healthcare workers, Politifact said.
In April, the Centers for Disease Control first recommended that people cover their faces in public.
Fauci previously noted that Trump disliked masks because he viewed them as "signs of weakness". Unfortunately, many Americans followed his example, he said.
Trump said in the interview that he decided not to fire Fauci as it was a no-win situation and that he would have "taken heat" no matter what he did.
"But I did what I wanted to do and I made the right decisions," said Trump.
Fauci said the former president "very likely" killed Americans by spreading misinformation about COVID-19.
In the interview with Real America's Voice, Trump also claimed that there had been no vaccine hesitation issues during his presidency and that everyone "wanted the vaccine".
"I think people just don't trust the Biden government or Biden. Because since I've left you have the mandate fight, and by the way, that's a big fight and you have to give the people their freedom," he said.
"I took the vaccine," said Trump. "A lot of people have taken the vaccine and it has been very effective."
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