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Trump retweets #FireFauci hashtag as he hits back at the head of the CDC

President Donald Trump hit out at Dr Anthony Fauci by retweeting the #FireFauci hashtag Sunday night, just hours after the nation’s top immunologist said he received a lot of pushback for recommending a United States shut down in February. 

Trump retweeted a response from former congressional candidate DeAnna Lorraine who wrote: ‘Fauci is now saying that had Trump listened to the medical experts earlier he could’ve saved more lives. 

‘Fauci was telling people on February 29th that there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US public at large. Time to #FireFauci.’

The president not only retweeted Lorraine’s tweet, but he added his own comment: ‘Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up.’

  

President Donald Trump appeared to take a dig at Dr Anthony Fauci by retweeting the #FireFauci hashtag (pictured) Sunday night, just hours after the nation’s top immunologist said he received a lot of pushback for recommending a United States shutdown in February

Dr Anthony Fauci

President Donald Trump

Trump’s (right) apparent dig at Fauci (left) came just hours after the doctor suggested Sunday morning that more lives could have been saved if Trump had initiated a coronavirus shutdown earlier than mid-March

Dr Anthony Fauci

Donald Trump

Trump’s (right) apparent dig at Fauci (left) came just hours after the doctor suggested Sunday morning that more lives could have been saved if Trump had initiated a coronavirus shutdown earlier than mid-March

Trump’s apparent dig at Fauci came just hours after the doctor suggested Sunday morning that more lives could have been saved if Trump had initiated a coronavirus shutdown earlier than mid-March.

Fauci said more could have been done that would have potentially slowed the spread and lessened the ramifications of the coronavirus outbreak in the US.

‘Obviously you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier you could’ve saved lives, obviously,’ Fauci told CNN’s State of the Union.

‘No-one is going to deny that,’ he continued, but added ‘there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then’.

There are several reports that intelligence officials told the White House that there was a virus threat coming from China as early as November, indicating that the president knew about coronavirus sooner than he let on. 

‘You know, Jake, as I have said many times, we look at it from a pure health standpoint,’ Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper. ‘We make a recommendation. Often, the recommendation is taken. Sometimes, it’s not.’

‘But it is what it is,’ he continued. ‘We are where we are right now.’

During a task force meeting in the Situation Room in March Trump proposed to Fauci that they just let the coronavirus ‘wash over’ the US, instead of issuing a strong federal response, according to a report from The Washington Post.

Fauci (right, on CNN's State of the Union) said more could have been done that would have potentially slowed the spread and lessened the ramifications of the coronavirus outbreak in the US

Fauci (right, on CNN’s State of the Union) said more could have been done that would have potentially slowed the spread and lessened the ramifications of the coronavirus outbreak in the US

Two sources familiar with the meeting told the Post that the conversation happened the same day the administration was adding Ireland and the United Kingdom to its travel restrictions.

‘Why don’t we let this wash over the country?’ Trump asked of Fauci, the sources claimed.

Trump was asking the immunologist why a ‘herd immunity’ was a bad idea.

If the US took a ‘herd immunity’ approach, it would allow coronavirus to sweep across nation with the belief that those who survived would then be immune to the disease.

‘Mr President, many people would die,’ Fauci said, according to the two people in the meeting.

So far more than 21,000 people died in the US after contracting coronavirus and there are more than 550,000 cases as of Sunday evening. 

Trump often lauds his response to the pandemic, praising his administration for cutting off travel from China early on in the outbreak.

The president also continues to push for the reopening of the country as soon as possible to kickstart a suffering economy.

Unemployment levels reached an all-time-high as more than 15 million new applications for benefits were submitted in the past few weeks as non-essential businesses shut down and several companies went through rounds of layoffs.

There are more than 550,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the US with 21,715 deaths

There are more than 550,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the US with 21,715 deaths 

The task force initially rolled out a 15-day plan to stop the spread, which would have been completed at the end of March if it were not extended by the administration for another 30 days until April 30.

Trump set a new ideal for the country to reopen from lockdown on May 1, which some experts claim it’s ‘too soon’ to tell and a bit optimistic.

Fauci, a National Institute of Health expert on infectious diseases who serves on the White House coronavirus task force, said that he believes there could be a resurgence of the virus in the fall.

‘I don’t want to be the pessimistic person – there is always the possibility, as that – as we get into next fall, and the beginning of early winter, that we could see a rebound,’ Fauci told CNN of a potential for the virus’ severity to return in a few months after seeing a drop off.

The administration’s lockdown guidelines, and several state ordinances, have closed all non-essential businesses and push individuals only to leave the home for absolutely necessary reasons like grocery shopping or going to the doctor.

The lockdown also prohibits social engagements from exceeding 10 people, and some states will even fine individuals for hosting such an event. 

Fauci to CNN that the country might be able to begin to ease up stay-at-home measures by next month, but said a ‘rolling re-entry’ would have to happen, claiming it’s not a one size fits all approach.

‘It’s not going to be a light switch,’ Fauci told Tapper. ‘It will depend on where you are in the country.’

He also pointed out that for the first time since the uptick in US cases there have been less ICU admissions in New York than the day before.

‘It’s started to turn a corner,’ Fauci said, adding ‘it’s cautious optimism that we are seeing that decrease’.

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