Has the White House been controlling when Dr. Fauci can speak with the media?
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 18, 2020
Courtesy of HuffPo:
In his bluntest interview yet, Dr. Anthony Fauci confirmed Sunday that the White House has been controlling when he can speak to the media during the pandemic, the latest example of rising tensions between President Donald Trump and the nation’s top infectious disease expert.
Fauci sat down to speak on “60 Minutes,” in which he spoke more candidly than in the past about his growing frustration around President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 response and getting involuntarily caught up in politics.
“During this pandemic, has the White House been controlling when you can speak with the media?” Dr. Jon LaPook, CBS News chief medical correspondent, asked the doctor.
“You know, I think I’d have to be honest and say yes,” answered Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force. “I certainly have not been allowed to go on many, many, many shows that have asked for me.”
LaPook then called Fauci “one of the most trusted voices in America” who, in a time of much-needed transparency of information, is barred from speaking to the public.
“You know I think there has been a restriction, Jon, but … it isn’t consistent,” Fauci said.
It may not be consistent but it is happening, and that is simply not alright.
Dr. Fauci is the most trusted man in this country when it comes to the Coronavirus, and keeping him under wraps when people are desperate to know the facts is a tremendous disservice.
Especially since Trump is now being led down a dark and dangerous path by a charlatan whose advice will undoubtedly get thousands more of us killed.