Fauci Says Trump No Longer Communicates Much With Coronavirus Task Force
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert and head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said this week that President Donald Trump no longer has frequent contact with the coronavirus task force, according to Business Insider.
Fauci was asked during an interview with STAT News published on Monday whether he is in regular contact with Trump over coronavirus vaccine progress, to which Fauci replied, “No.”
He said meetings previously were held daily but this is no longer the case.
"We used to have task force meetings every single day, including Saturday and Sunday, and about 75% of the time after the task force meeting we'd meet with the president," Fauci added. "So I was meeting with him four times a week back, a month or so ago.”
Fauci added that “certainly my meetings with the president have been dramatically decreased."
Trump has clashed with public health experts on several issues, Insider noted, including by “touting unproven treatments and ignoring the safety measures they've suggested, such as wearing a mask.”
Trump also reportedly disagreed with public health experts over reopening the economy, with the latter being concerned over reopening too quickly.
Fauci told STAT News that he remains concerned about lifting stay-at-home orders in areas where infection rates were high.
"When I see a situation where there is a region, a state, a city, a county where there's a considerable amount of viral activity there, and you see people crowding around bars — and there were several pictures of that, that was quite striking over the last couple of days — or on boardwalks, where they're very, very close to each other, I do get concerned," he said.
- The president stopped holding daily coronavirus briefings in April, following criticism over his public musing about using disinfectant as a possible treatment.
Insider noted that the U.S. currently faces widespread protests against police brutality along with the ongoing matter of navigating the pandemic and dealing with its economic devastation.