The President reiterated that Fauci is a "nice guy" so "we'll keep him around".
The president himself referred to as Fauci an "alarmist" throughout an interview with Chris Wallace on "Fox Information Sunday". That includes Republican Presidents George H.W. Bush, George Bush and Trump. The doctor has expressed dismay that the president used his comments in a campaign ad and says his comments were taken out of comments.
The doctor has said that an early recommendation about not wearing a mask was because there was a shortage of personal protective equipment for health professionals at the time. Anthony Fauci at his North Carolina rally Thursday as the crowd booed.
"That is unfortunately a risk, when you have people coming from out of town, gathering together in an indoor setting", Fauci said.
'It's not providing the flawless protection that people think that it is.
"When you're talking about relatives that are getting on a plane, being exposed in an airport, being exposed in a plane, then walk in the door and say, 'Happy Thanksgiving, ' that you have to be careful about", Fauci said.
More recently, Trump has parroted a version of that line when asked about his resistance to mask-wearing.
Trump continued to complain that he's taken heat for hosting large rallies without social distancing where many of his supporters do not wear masks. 'They keep saying nobody wears masks'.
"We're very, very pleased that the president did so well when he was infected with the coronavirus, but there are also a lot of people who are his age and his weight which did not do as well as the president did".
Fauci today called a herd immunity proposal being embraced by the White House "total nonsense".
It's not clear if prior COVID-19 infection confers long-term immunity to the disease. You're going to an airport that might be crowded. They're adult women; I would love to see them.
As for Trump's promise that the Regeneron antibody cocktail will be made available to all Americans who need it, Fauci said that's not yet feasible because there aren't enough doses to go around.
'And he followed me and I said, "You know what?"
"So this idea that we have the power to protect the vulnerable is total nonsense because history has shown that that's not the case". "Are there vulnerable people? I just tested positive".
The declaration has been embraced by Scott Atlas, neuroradiologist and adviser to Trump who has no obvious expertise on infectious diseases.