President Donald Trump defended his relationship with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, but called him “a little bit of an alarmist” as he answered questions about the White House’s relationship with him during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”
During this back and forth, Trump ultimately admitted that he himself had made some mistakes in the coronavirus response, but said he would “be right eventually” in reference to his past prediction that the virus would go away.
When asked about the White House providing documents outlining Fauci’s errors early on in the pandemic and efforts by some administration officials to discredit the nation’s top infectious expert, the President did criticize him when he used the term “bit of an alarmist” and noted that Fauci was wrong on a series of events surrounding the coronavirus pandemic including his original stance on masks.
Fauci early in the pandemic had asked the public not to go out and buy the N-95 masks because they were needed by health professionals. He has now strongly advocated for people to wear some type of face coverage.
The President also claimed that Fauci told him not to ban travel from China, but later told the President that the decision “saved tens of thousands of lives.” Early in the pandemic Fauci did raise some questions about how effective such a ban might be.
Fox’s Chris Wallace then pressed Trump on his own mistakes, to which the President responded, “I guess everyone makes mistakes,” and went on to add that he would “be right eventually” on the pandemic.
When Wallace asked if his errors discredited him, the President said he didn’t think so because he has “been right probably more than anybody else.”