Journalist Bob Woodward claims President Donald Trump downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus during a phone call.
In February, Trump spoke to Woodward who was doing research for his latest book, Rage. Woodward claimed Trump downplayed the threat of the coronavirus at the time to prevent the public from panicking.
Democrats reacted with outrage to the leaked audio, saying Trump "intentionally" mislead the general public about the virus that originated in Wuhan, China in December.
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On the campaign trail in Michigan, Joe Biden told auto workers that Trump "lied" about the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic, saying Trump's admission was "a life and death betrayal of the American people."
But Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the White Task Force on the coronavirus, told Fox News: "I don't think [Trump] ever distorted things that I spoke to him about."
Fauci added: "I don't think he said much different than what we said [to him] when we were in the Oval Office."
The White House Task Force held daily press briefings and Fauci even predicted that "millions" of Americans would die from the virus.
On Jan. 30, Trump told his supporters at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, "We're working with China just so you know, and other countries very, very closely, so it doesn't get out of hand, but it's something that we have to be very, very careful with, right? We have to be very careful.
Dr. Anthony Fauci complained that he was locked out of President Trump's press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday.
Fauci gave several interviews before and after Trump's press briefing on the White House response to the pandemic on Tuesday.
On Monday, Trump announced he would resume regular news briefing on the pandemic after the virus spiked in some cities in recent weeks.
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The press briefing was short and attended by 2 dozen reporters spaced 6 feet apart. Trump said the coronavirus would get worse before it gets better, but the virus will eventually disappear.
He went off script when he expressed good wishes to his former friend, Ghislaine Maxwell, who is currently being held without bond in a Brooklyn detention center. She faces child sex trafficking charges.
In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper an hour before Trump's briefing, Fauci said he was not invited to attend the briefing, even though his colleague Dr. Deborah Birx was invited to attend.
"I was not invited up to this point. I'm assuming that I'm not going to be there because [Trump's press briefing is] going to be in just a short while and I'm still here at the NIH. So I'm assuming I'm not going to be there."
Trump expressed a lack of confidence in Dr. Fauci for making many "mistakes" regarding the coronavirus.
In March, Dr. Fauci insisted face masks were unnecessary because they don't stop or slow down the spread of the virus.
Fauci also warned 2 million Americans would die if the country was not locked down. Fauci's recommendations resulted in the loss of millions of jobs and forced businesses to lock their doors for good.
In an interview with Fox News that aired on Sunday, Trump said Fauci was a "bit of an alarmist. That's OK. A little bit of an alarmist."
Fauci denied being an alarmist when he spoke to Tapper. "I consider myself more a realist than an alarmist. But people do have their opinions other than that."
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Dr. Anthony Fauci said he hasn't personally briefed President Trump on the coronavirus in two months.
Dr. Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, says he hasn't seen Trump in person since June 2 and had not briefed him since May.
Fauci told the Financial Times he's passed notes on the pandemic to Trump's staff and he's sure the president receives his messages.
President Trump has been critical of Dr. Fauci's opinions on the coronavirus.
In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday, Trump said suggested he'd lost confidence in Dr. Fauci because he "made a lot of mistakes".
Dr. Fauci is on record saying Americans should not wear face masks because masks do not prevent the transmission of the coronavirus.
"There's no reason for people to be walking around with a mask," Fauci said back in March.
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Dr. Fauci criticized Trump for saying 99% of people in the world who are infected with the virus "automatically get better."
Fauci said the president was incorrect in claiming 99% of coronavirus cases are harmless.
"I'm trying to figure out where the president got that number," Fauci said. "What I think happened is that someone told him that the general mortality is about 1%. And he interpreted, therefore, that 99% is not a problem, when that’s obviously not the case."
The fatality rate, or deaths divided by confirmed cases, is about 4.3%, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
But Johns Hopkins didn't take into account the millions of Americans who are infected with the virus but have not been tested yet.
According to USA Today, the death toll could be much lower if cases are undercounted because of lack of testing.
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The coronavirus hysteria ramped up a notch when the CDC and the White House coronavirus task force "recommended" wearing face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus through droplets coughed or sneezed into the air.
Misinformation and fear mongering by the news media led people to believe the virus is easily transmitted by lingering in the air for 3 hours -- which is not only false, but caused more mass hysteria.
Less than two months ago, WH task force member Dr Anthony Fauci said face masks were not necessary and could put people at risk because masks cause people to touch their faces more.
The virus enters the body when you touch your face before washing your hands. You should always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before touching your face.
This video is from a 60 Minutes interview in late March. The footage has since been scrubbed from the Internet.
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President Donald Trump addressed the fact that Black Americans are being hit disproportionately hard by the coronavirus that causes Covid-19.
Trump expressed concerns about the number of deaths among Black people in economically deprived neighborhoods in Chicago, Detroit and Baltimore, for example.
"This is real problem and it's showing up very strongly in our data on the African-American community," Trump said at his daily taskforce press briefing in the White House press room on Tuesday. "It's tremendous, it's terrible," Trump said.
Taskforce members Dr. Tony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx both explained that Black Americans aren't contracting the virus at a higher percentage. But the data shows Blacks are dying at a higher rate than other races.
"We don't want to give the impression that the African-American community is more susceptible to the virus," Birx said at the briefing.
She added that the Black population has higher rates of underlying health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, asthma and obesity - which make battling COVID-19 more difficult.
"Health disparities have always existed for the African-American community but here again with the crisis how it's shining a bright light on how unacceptable that is - because yet again, when you have a situation like the coronavirus [Blacks] are suffering disproportionately,' Dr. Fauci said.
He added there isn't much the medical community can do about the disparity, except ensure Black patients they will get good care when they do get sick with coronavirus.
The bottom line is Black people must take responsibility for our own health and well-being rather than wait until we get sick to seek medical treatment.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, who leads the U.S. government's response to the coronavirus, confirms he is getting death threats for his doomsday coronavirus estimates.
The immunologist, who served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, was issued bodyguards after he received death threats for his doomsday predictions that millions will die from the virus that causes Covid-19.
Fauci, who is accused of overhyping the coronavirus to stay in front of cameras, confirmed he received "disturbing messages" from Americans who want the country reopened after losing their jobs.
Fauci appeared pale and exhausted as he spoke during a White House press briefing on Tuesday. When asked why his voice was hearse, Fauci said he has given too many interviews.
"I've chosen this life," Fauci told NBC 'Today Show' host Savannah Guthrie. "We have a really, really very difficult situation ahead of us. All that other stuff is secondary," he said, before adding he is physically fine.
The U.S. death toll reached 5,000 as the confirmed cases surpassed 216,000. Still, the death toll is a mere 0.00015% of the U.S. population and many of the confirmed cases have recovered.
Millions of Americans have lost their jobs and millions more will be on the unemployment lines in the coming weeks. A record 10 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits in the last 3 weeks.
There are as many Fauci critics as there are admirers. Some believe he is enjoying the media attention.
"How is he working [on] the issue when all he's doing is giving interviews and going on talk shows?" wrote one Daily Mail reader in the comments section.
Another commenter wrote: "stop relying on a little man with a huge EGO for your information. Research your questions online for FREE."
And a third wrote: "Maybe if he didn't step in front of every microphone [scaring] people might help the problem."