While some people were surprised to hear President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci was not one of those people.
The government’s top infectious disease expert, who was featured on 60 Minutes Sunday, October 18, was asked about Trump testing positive for the virus, as well as why he’s repeatedly avoided wearing masks.
Fauci explained he had a feeling Trump would test positive for the virus following the White House Rose Garden event where the 74-year-old nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
“I was worried that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded – no separation between people, and almost nobody wearing a mask,” Fauci explained.
“When I saw that on TV, I said, ‘Oh my goodness. Nothing good can come outta that, that’s gotta be a problem.’ And then sure enough, it turned out to be a superspreader event.”
Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive following the event, as did more than a dozen others.
Despite the fact that Fauci has reiterated the importance of wearing masks over and over again, Trump rarely wears one in public.
In fact, the 79-year-old doctor believes Trump doesn’t wear one because he equates them with weakness.
Trump also refers back to the early days of the pandemic when Fauci encouraged Americans to not buy up all the masks.
Fauci explained that he said that back in March because he wanted to make sure the doctors and first responders had enough masks to stay safe.
However, Fauci doesn’t believe Trump doesn’t believe in science, adding, “I think deep down, he believes in science. If he didn’t, he would not have entrusted his health to the very competent physicians at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.”
Fauci also commented on the Trump campaign taking one of his statements out of context and using it to imply he was praising the president for how he’s handled the COVID-19 outbreak.
“I do not, and nor will I ever, publicly endorse any political candidate. And here I am, they’re sticking me right in the middle of a campaign ad. Which I thought was outrageous,” he said.
“I was referring to something entirely different. I was referring to the grueling work of the task force that, ‘God, we were knocking ourselves out seven days a week. I don’t think we could have possibly have done any more than that.'”
Needless to say, Fauci was not happy with Trump or the Trump campaign for that move. “I got really ticked off,” he said.