Former President Donald Trump jabbed back at his two top Covid-19 advisors on Monday injecting skepticism to their claims of developing the vaccines.
Trump accuse both Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Deborah Birx, the former White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, of “trying to reinvent history” in a CNN special report over the weekend.
“Based on their interviews, I felt it was time to speak up about Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, two self-promoters trying to reinvent history to cover for their bad instincts and faulty recommendations, which I fortunately almost always overturned,” Trump said. “They had bad policy decisions that would have left our country open to China and others, closed to reopening our economy, and years away from an approved vaccine—putting millions of lives at risk.”
Trump also pointed out that the two Covid-19 advisors did not often agree on best path forward.
“Many of her recommendations were viewed as “pseudo-science,” and Dr. Fauci would always talk negatively about her and, in fact, would ask not to be in the same room with her,” Trump said.
“The States who followed her lead, like California, had worse outcomes on Covid, and ruined the lives of countless children because they couldn’t go to school, ruined many businesses, and an untold number of Americans who were killed by the lockdowns themselves. Dr. Birx was a terrible medical advisor, which is why I seldom followed her advice.”
On Dr. Birx Trump had this to say, “Dr. Birx’s policies would have led us directly into a COVID caused depression. She was a very negative voice who didn’t have the right answers. Time has proven me correct. I only kept Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx on because they worked for the U.S. government for so long — they are like a bad habit!”
The former president also cited his “Operation Warp Speed” as being a revolutionary vaccine development plan. He was able to cut the red tape and allow for the quickest vaccine rollout in history.
“Dr. Fauci was incapable of pressing the FDA to move it through faster. I was the one to get it done, and even the fake news media knows and reports this. “Dr. Fauci is also the king of “flip-flops” and moving the goalposts to make himself look as good as possible. He fought me so hard because he wanted to keep our country open to countries like China.”
Of course Trump being Trump he also took Fauci to task for a horrible first pitch at a Washington Nationals game last year. Fauci said he “was an athlete in college but couldn’t throw a baseball even close to home plate. It was a roller.”