Donald Trump Shreds Anthony Fauci In Blistering Statement

Former President Donald Trump delivers remarks.
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In a blistering statement released Thursday, former President Donald Trump ripped into Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Reacting to thousands of pages of Fauci's emails that have been made available to the public, Trump claimed that Americans are "fortunate" he refused to take the expert's advice on tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump and Fauci have butted heads in the past, with the former commander-in-chief repeatedly slamming the NIAID director for flip-flopping on key issues.

Borders

As senior editor at The Federalist Mollie Hemingway reported via Twitter, Trump touted his decision to ban travel to and from China and several European countries with high infection rates amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"The Democrats and the Fake News Media even called me a 'xenophobe.' In the end, we saw this was a life-saving decision, and likewise with closing our borders to Europe, specifically to certain heavily infected countries," Trump said.

"I was later given credit, even by 'Tony,' for saving hundreds of thousands of lives," he stressed.

Vaccines

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference as Dr. Anthony Fauci looks on.
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Trump blasted Fauci for claiming it would take up to five years to develop an effective COVID-19 vaccine, noting that his administration managed to release one in less than nine months, thanks to the public-private partnership Operation Warp Speed.

"We ordered billions of dollars’ worth of vaccines before we knew it even worked. Had that not been done, our wonderful vaccines would not have been administered until October of this year. No one would’ve had the shot that has now saved the world and millions of lives!"

Masks

Trump also slammed Fauci for flip-flopping on face masks, noting that the nation's top infectious diseases expert "was totally against masks when even I thought they would at least be helpful."

"He then changed his mind completely and became a radical masker!" Trump noted.

As Reuters reported, early on in the pandemic, Fauci argued against face coverings. In fact, he suggested in an interview that wearing masks could even be counterproductive, since people tend to fiddle with them and touch their face. He later changed his mind.

Questions

"There are a lot of questions that must be answered by Dr. Fauci," Trump concluded, pointing out that the U.S. government funded the research laboratory in Wuhan, China, where COVID-19 is thought to have originated.

"What did Dr. Fauci know about 'gain of function' research, and when did he know it?" Trump asked.

As The Inquisitr reported, some officials in President Joe Biden's administration are allegedly looking to oust Fauci.

However, according to BBC, the White House has defended Fauci against criticism, with press secretary Jen Psaki describing him as an "undeniable asset."