During a Tuesday appearance on CNN’s “New Day,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, sounded off on the “low points” over the last year of the coronavirus pandemic.
Host Alisyn Camerota asked Fauci about now-former President Donald Trump downplaying the severity of the coronavirus in its early stages of the outbreak with his “lack of facts.”
Fauci said he is “uncomfortable” with “directly criticizing” anybody, but said it’s “really almost self-evident” that Trump’s rhetoric contributed to lives being lost. He added it was “painful” to see people referring to the virus as “fake news” or a “hoax” as hospitals were being overrun with cases.
“[W]hen signals come saying this isn’t so bad, we’re in pretty good shape, when we’re saying we’re not — we being the health people — that was not helpful because the people who wanted to deny that this is something that