Dr. Fauci gave a nonchalant response to President Trump’s tweets suggesting Dr. Fauci gave false information to Americans about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine and its effect on COVID-19, telling ABC News, “I, you know, I don’t tweet, I don’t-I don’t even read them.”
President Trump shared a video of a doctor speaking in front on Capitol Hill, which was taken down from Twitter and Facebook, that gave alternative advice than the nation’s head doctor for coronavirus, sparking a fierce debate from political pundits across the nation. While the FDA determined Monday hydroxychloroquine is “unlikely to be effective,” a group of doctors said otherwise. Trump tweeted multiple times praise of the drug, a direct stab at Fauci. But while appearing on Good Morning America, Fauci said, “I don’t know how to address that. I’m just going to, certainly, continue doing my job.”
Fauci has been under fire for attending the Yankees versus Nationals game, where a photograph was taken of him not wearing a mask. The doctor has said previously that he always wears a mask in public, and while he was sitting in an empty stadium with two other people, it seemed to many people hypocritical. Also, Fauci at first said masks were not required for preventative reasons, but now said they are, and that the change in his suggestion was to ensure medical personnel have enough masks. Fauci has been noticeably absent from the White House podium, but has frequented news outlets regularly.
In Trump’s tweets, he retweeted posts that Fauci has purposefully misled the American public about the drug. Trump said he had taken the drug for preventative purposes. Trump’s tweets also included doctors who claimed hydroxychloroquine can “cure” COVID-19.
But Fauci said, “I have not been misleading the American public under any circumstances.” Trump’s tweets were taken down by Twitter, who claimed Trump broke their misinformation regulations. Fauci continued on-air, in response to Trump, “I just will continue to do my job no matter what comes out because I think it’s very important. We’re in the middle of a criss with regard to an epidemic-a pandemic. This is what I do, this is what I’ve been trained for my entire professional life and I’ll continue to do it.”
In the United States, the death poll for the virus passed 1480,000, with nearly 4.3 million confirmed cases.