During his testimony before Congress this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci expressed agreement with the Trump administration in some key aspects of its response to the coronavirus pandemic, as reported by Fox News.
Specifically, he told members of the House select subcommittee on the coronavirus crisis that he endorsed President Donald Trump’s decision to restrict travel from China and Europe as the outbreak in those areas began to increase.
“In agreement on virtually all of those”
In his response to House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), a ranking subcommittee member, Fauci confirmed that he had been involved in advocating for Trump’s order and believed that it saved lives.
The longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases went on to highlight other important areas of common ground between his recommendations and White House proposals.
“So I know we’ve heard a lot about disagreements, and clearly there are many decisions made,” Scalise said. “In fact, there are many, very internationally respected doctors that are involved in each of those decisions … by and large, would you say that you and President Trump have been in agreement on most of those decisions?”
Fauci responded that he and Trump “were in agreement on virtually all of those.”
The revelation might come as a surprise to some in the media who have emphasized evidence of a schism between Trump and his top coronavirus adviser.
“A very good relationship”
Although he has been interviewed by various news outlets during that time, Fauci said in July that he had not personally briefed the president in two months.
Nevertheless, Trump has maintained that the two are on good terms and that he values the expert’s advice.
“Dr. Fauci’s made some mistakes,” he said in an interview last month. “But I have a very good — I spoke to him yesterday at length. I have a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci.”
While it is clear that Fauci has not gotten everything right, and Trump is not afraid to call him out, Americans can find some comfort in the knowledge that they appear to be on common ground when it comes to the points that really matter.