WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci says he isn’t stunned President Donald Trump contracted Covid-19 after he attended an occasion full of individuals not sporting masks or social distancing.
In an interview with CBS Information’ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday night time, Fauci was requested if he was stunned that Trump wound up getting contaminated.
“Completely not. I used to be anxious that he was going to get sick after I noticed him in a very precarious state of affairs of crowded, no separation between folks, and virtually no one sporting a masks,” Fauci mentioned. “After I noticed that on TV, I mentioned, ‘Oh, my goodness. Nothing good can come outta that, that is gotta be an issue.’ After which certain sufficient, it turned out to be a superspreader occasion.”
Fauci was referring to the Rose Backyard information convention in late September at which Trump introduced that he was nominating Amy Coney Barrett to function a Supreme Court docket justice. Afterward, a variety of individuals who participated within the occasion, together with Trump, examined constructive for Covid-19.
Fauci, director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments, mentioned in the course of the interview that Trump “generally equates sporting a masks with weak spot,” which the physician mentioned would not make sense. He mentioned he believes Trump’s efforts to push again towards his suggestions relating to the coronavirus pandemic has much less to do with the president being “anti-science” and extra with him making a press release.
“I believe deep down, he believes in science. If he did not, he wouldn’t have entrusted his well being to the very competent physicians on the Walter Reed Military Medical Heart,” Fauci mentioned about Trump’s current go to to the hospital to obtain remedy for Covid.
Within the wide-ranging interview, Fauci mentioned a Trump marketing campaign advert that he says took his phrases from earlier this 12 months being taken out of context. He advised CBS that he “obtained actually ticked off” about that.
He additionally mentioned that the White Home has blocked him from occurring a variety of reveals which have requested interviews with him.
“I believe there was a restriction,” Fauci mentioned. “But it surely is not constant.”