Former President Donald Trump exposed prominent infectious disease Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx on Monday in response to their recent reports that they were the driving force behind the development of the COVID-19 vaccines.
“Based on their interviews, I felt it was time to speak up about Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx, two self-promoters trying to reinvent history to cover for their bad instincts and faulty recommendations, which I fortunately almost always overturned,” Trump said in a statement.
“They had bad policy decisions that would have left our country open to China and others, closed to reopening our economy, and years away from an approved vaccine—putting millions of lives at risk,” he added.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently called the plan for a COVID-19 vaccine “the best decision that I’ve ever made with regard to an intervention as director of the institute.”
In contrast, Trump announced Operation Warp Speed in May 2020. Three vaccinations received authorization for emergency use in the months to follow.
Trump also attacked recent statements by Birx. The former White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator noted in an interview a difficult phone call in August 2020 with the former president.
“The States who followed her lead, like California, had worse outcomes on Covid, and ruined the lives of countless children because they couldn’t go to school, ruined many businesses, and an untold number of Americans who were killed by the lockdowns themselves,” Trump remarked in his statement. “Dr. Birx was a terrible medical advisor, which is why I seldom followed her advice.”
President Joe Biden has also claimed Trump’s vaccination rollout was a failure. Biden has claimed credit for the more than 100 million vaccination shots already received by Americans.
Trump’s response continues to highlight the friction between his leadership and some of the medical professionals leading the COVID-19 response in Washington. Despite no longer being in office, all involved continue to speak out about the ongoing impact of the pandemic in America.