Former US President Donald Trump criticized the director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, after last year’s working correspondence of the US chief infectious disease specialist was made publicly available.
Electronic messages obtained and published by The Washington Post and BuzzFeed under the American freedom of Information act, in particular, contained information that Fauci at the initial stage of the pandemic in 2020, during the Trump presidency, strongly opposed the wearing of medical masks by ordinary citizens and believed that they should only be used by medical professionals. At the same time, he later dramatically changed his point of view.
The letters also indicate that experts in early 2020 drew Fauci’s attention to the theory about the possible origin of the coronavirus as a result of a leak from the laboratory. However, the response of the chief infectious disease specialist to the corresponding email was completely cut out when the correspondence was made public by the department so that its content remains hidden from the public. It is known that Fauci initially insisted on the natural origin of the coronavirus, but later stated that he could not rule out other versions.
“After looking at these emails, I can say that our country is lucky that I did not do what Dr. Fauci wanted me to do,” Trump said in a statement released Thursday.
The former head of the White House criticized the actions of the chief infectious disease specialist, who, according to him, gave him incorrect advice on how to deal with the pandemic. “For example, I closed our borders to China at a very early stage, although he did not want them to be closed. The Democrats and the lying media even called me a “xenophobe.” In the end, we saw that it was a decision that saved lives, and the same with closing the borders to Europe,” Trump wrote.
According to him, Fauci also did not consider it important to bet on the development of vaccines against the new coronavirus, because he believed that “their creation will take three, four or five years.” “I managed to do it in less than nine months,” Trump said. “Now, looking back, we can say that the vaccine saves the world. At the same time, I was taking the greatest risk in history. We have ordered vaccines worth billions of dollars, not yet knowing if they work at all,” he explained.
“In addition, Dr. Fauci was completely against wearing masks, although even I then thought that it would at least be useful. Later, he completely changed his position and became a radical supporter of wearing masks,” the former American leader added. “There are a lot of questions that Dr. Fauci has to answer,” Trump concluded. In his opinion, the chief infectious disease specialist, in particular, should explain what exactly he knew about the research that was conducted in the laboratory in Wuhan.