“The first and only time that Dr. Birx and I went in and formally made a recommendation to the president to actually have a ‘shutdown’ in the sense of strong mitigation, we discussed it. Obviously there would be concerns by some, and in fact, that might have some negative consequences. Nonetheless, the president listened to the recommendation. And went to the mitigation.
“The next, second time that I went with Dr. Birx into the president and said 15 days are not enough. We need to go 30 days. Obviously, there were people who had a problem with that because of the potential secondary effects. Nonetheless, at that time the president went with the health recommendations, and we extended it another 30 days.
“So I can only tell you what I know and what my recommendations were. But clearly as happens all the time, there were interpretations of that response to a hypothetical question that I just thought it would be very nice for me to clarify.” – Anthony Fauci, at today’s briefing.
Trump: “I walk in, I hear I’m going to fire him. I’m not firing him.”
Q: Why retweet someone calling to fire Fauci?
Trump: “I retweeted somebody. I don’t know. They said fire. Doesn’t matter.”
Q: Did you notice that when you retweeted that?
Trump: “I notice everything.” pic.twitter.com/O5GUPQsEua
— The Hill (@thehill) April 13, 2020
After Dr. Fauci clarifies his remarks from Sunday about how earlier mitigation efforts would have saved lives, @PaulaReidCBS asks if he’s doing so “voluntarily.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 13, 2020