Fauci says Trump was booed for pushing COVID boosters because he ‘poisoned the well’ on vaccines

Dr. Anthony Fauci indicated on Monday that he thinks it’s former President Donald Trump’s own fault he got booed for endorsing COVID-19 vaccines because he had ‘poisoned the well’ earlier, according to comments the medical expert made on Monday.

The White House Chief Medical Adviser told CNN he was ‘stunned’ by Trump’s recent remarks advising Americans to get vaccinated and even offered him praise.  

‘I’m glad that the president, the former president, Trump, is now talking about why it’s important to get vaccinated,’ Fauci said this morning.

‘I was stunned by the fact that he’s doing that, and he’s getting booed in some places for doing that, which means that you know, poisoning the well early on about — even not being enthusiastic or outright not pushing — vaccines or discouraging vaccines, now has a lingering effect.’ 

He also added that not doing it sooner likely led to the animosity and fear millions of unvaccinated Americans feel against the jab. 

‘Even when you come out and say go get vaccinated, some of the people that have been following his every word of what he does are now pushing back or not listening, which really tells you the strength of the divisiveness of our society,’ Fauci explained.

Dr. Anthony Fauci praised Trump for promoting the vaccines but implied that the negative reaction he received was his own fault

The infectious disease expert said political division is ‘the biggest stumbling block about getting this pandemic under control.’

DailyMail.com has reached out to a spokesperson for Trump for comment.

Trump surprised both allies and opponents last week when he delivered a full-throated endorsement of the vaccines in an interview with conservative Daily Wire host Candace Owens.

Owens had tried to draw a link between more people dying from COVID under President Joe Biden than under Trump, and the vaccine rollout earlier this year.

The ex-president interrupted her, ‘Oh no, the vaccine work (sic), but some people aren’t the ones. The ones who get very sick and go to the hospital are the ones that don’t take the vaccine. But it’s still their choice.’

Trump stunned both supporters and opponents last week when he urged supporters to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Trump stunned both supporters and opponents last week when he urged supporters to get vaccinated against COVID-19

He added: ‘Look, the results of the vaccine are very good, and if you do get it, it’s a very minor form. People aren’t dying when they take the vaccine.’

Earlier this month he told veteran pundit Bill O’Reilly in front of a crowd of supporters that he had both vaccine doses as well as his booster.

A section of the audience erupted in boo’s, to which Trump replied, ‘Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t. That’s all right, it’s a very tiny group over there.’ 

Trump and Fauci clashed frequently when the doctor was a member of the ex-president’s COVID-19 task force.

The former president has infamously called Fauci a ‘disaster’ and made several comments, even while in office, downplaying the pandemic’s severity. 

He’s also been a vocal opponent of Biden’s vaccine mandates but took credit for their development after his Operation Warp Speed aided in producing the inoculations in record-shattering time. 

In May he issued a statement declaring the vaccines’ development to be ‘one of the greatest miracles of the ages.’   

Even Biden praised Trump’s public support coronavirus vaccines, claiming it was one of the ‘few things he and I agree on.’

In a speech delivered last week as the Omicron variant took over as the dominant COVID strain in the country and forced cases to surge again, Biden credited his predecessor for his role in the vaccine rollout.

‘Let me be clear. Thanks to the prior administration and our scientific community, America was one of the first countries to get the vaccine,’ the president said.

Unvaccinated people face a 10 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 and 20 times greater risk of dying from the virus than fully vaccinated people who have also received a booster shot.

Trump told Fox News hours after Biden’s speech that he was ‘surprised’ by his praise.

‘You know, it has to be a process of healing in this country, and that will help a lot,’ the ex-president said of his rival.

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