Oct 28, 2020 |
USA TODAY – When President Donald Trump said at his final presidential debate against rival Joe Biden last week that he thinks Dr. Anthony Fauci might be a Democrat, it was not the first time he had made a sweeping statement to undermine Fauci’s credibility in one breath while saying “he happens to be a good person” in the next.
Here is a timeline of the pandemic, reports about their relationship, and public statements from the two men regarding the virus and each other:
January: Coronavirus task force forms
Jan. 20: First case of SARS-CoV-2 is found in Washington state.
Jan. 29: The White House announces it had established a coronavirus task force in late January. Fauci is appointed to this task force.
Jan. 31: Some travel restrictions announced. Fauci speaks in support of them.
February: Signs of disagreement
Feb. 3: Fauci again speaks favorably of the partial travel restrictions, referring to them as part of “good public health measures.”
Feb. 10: Trump, at a political rally, says the coronavirus will be gone by April when the weather gets warmer, but doesn’t offer scientific explanation.
Feb. 16: Fauci says on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that “it would be a stretch to assume that it’s going to disappear with the warm weather.”
Feb. 28: Trump calls the Democrats’ “politicizing” of COVID-19 their “new hoax” at a rally.
Feb. 29: Fauci defers commenting on Trump’s “hoax” comment. He also says there is “no need to change anything that you’re doing on a day-by-day basis.”
The White House will list this later as a mistake Fauci made, without context of the full quote:
“Right now the risk is still low, but this could change… When you start to see community spread, this could change and force you to become much more attentive to doing things that would protect you from spread.”
March: More disagreements
March 8: Fauci discourages most people from wearing masks … Read more.
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