Daily US Times: America’s top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci revealed on Monday that he had been worried entering the White House when many there were coming down with coronavirus late in Donald Trump’s presidency.
Fauci, 80, said that he was acutely aware and worried that he was at high risk of suffering a “serious outcome” if he became infected by Covid-19, he told Axios in an interview clip posted online.
He said: “I didn’t fixate on that, but it was in the back of my mind because I had to be out there,” adding: “I mean, particularly when I was going to the White House every day, when the White House was sort of a super-spreader location. I mean, that made me a little bit nervous.”
Donald Trump contracted Covid-19 last October and was taken by helicopter to Walter Reed military medical center, just outside Washington DC, where he was hospitalized and underwent treatment before being released.
His falling ill followed a crowded Rose Garden ceremony during which Mr Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his supreme court nominee, which was later criticized as a super-spreader event, with many not wearing masks while sitting side-by-side and congregating in crowded rooms inside the White House.
At least seven individuals in attendance tested positive for coronavirus, including Trump himself, his former counsellor, Kellyanne Conway, and two Republican senators, Mike Lee and Thom Tillis.
Fauci, the chief medical and coronavirus adviser to Joe Biden, was not at that particular event but as the leading public health official on Trump’s White House coronavirus task force, he had to go to the White House frequently.