Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci wins million Israeli prize for ‘defending science’ Sunday shows – Trump acquittal in second impeachment trial reverberates Fauci: Stimulus bill needs to be passed for schools to reopen MORE said in an interview with “Axios on HBO” that he worried about contracting the coronavirus during the Trump administration because of its lax approach to the virus.
Fauci, who is 80 years old and has served as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for over three decades, said that his age category was always in the back of his mind particularly when he visited the White House under then-President TrumpDonald TrumpMichigan Democrat Dingell on violent rhetoric: ‘I’ve had men in front of my house with assault weapons’ McConnell doesn’t rule out getting involved in Republican primaries 75 percent of Republicans want Trump to play prominent role in GOP: poll MORE.
“I think you’d have to be oblivious not to consider the fact that if you get infected that you are already in a category of someone who has a high risk of having a serious outcome,” Fauci said in the interview, a clip of which was posted on Monday. “I didn’t fixate on that, but it was in the back of my mind because I had to be out there, I mean, particularly when I was going to the White House every day when the White House was sort of a super spreader location.”
“That made me a little bit nervous,” he continued.
Officials in the previous administration did not strictly adhere to public health guidelines, such as mask wearing and refraining from holding large events. White House doctors administered rapid tests for COVID-19 to everyone coming in contact with Trump and then-Vice President Pence, but the strategy did not prevent the coronavirus from eventually spreading within the West Wing.
Fauci was one of several officials on the White House coronavirus task force who met regularly with Pence to discuss the response to the pandemic. He did not contract the virus and was vaccinated publicly with the Moderna vaccine in December, before President BidenJoe BidenMcConnell doesn’t rule out getting involved in Republican primaries Perdue files paperwork to explore 2022 Senate run Hillicon Valley: Parler announces official relaunch | Google strikes news pay deal with major Australian media company | China central to GOP efforts to push back on Biden MORE took office.
Trump continued to hold large campaign rallies and official White House events throughout the pandemic, as he minimalized coronavirus risks in his public remarks. Several individuals who attended an event in September where Trump announced Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettSupreme Court grants Alabama death row inmate’s request for pastor There’s more to repairing federal courts than Supreme Court expansion Supreme Court lifts some restrictions on California church services MORE is his nominee to replace the late Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgBiden’s commission on the judiciary must put justice over politics How President Biden can hit a home run The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – House boots Greene from committees; Senate plows ahead on budget MORE on the Supreme Court subsequently tested positive for the coronavirus. Fauci later described the ceremony as a “super spreader event.”
Trump, his wife, Melania, and their son Barron eventually were diagnosed with the virus in October. The former president recovered after three days of treatment at Walter Reed Military Medical Center.
White House officials were also often seen without wearing masks under Trump. Biden on his first day in office signed an executive order requiring mask usage on federal property. He also signed an executive order mandating mask use on modes of interstate travel.