President Trump retweeted a post on Sunday night that called for the resignation of Dr. Anthony Fauci after the infectious disease specialist appeared for an interview on CNN.
The tweet came from former Republican candidate for Congress DeAnna Lorraine. It featured the hashtag #FireFauci. The post referenced Fauci admitting that more lives could have been spared had the US acted earlier to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape,” Trump wrote, stressing that his travel ban was necessary to stop the virus’ spread. “I banned China long before people spoke up.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2020
On Sunday, Fauci made an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.” There he conceded that America “could’ve saved lives” if it had initiated mitigation efforts earlier.
“You know, Jake, as I have said many times, we look at it from a pure health standpoint,” Fauci explained to host Jake Tapper.
“We make a recommendation. Often, the recommendation is taken. Sometimes it’s not. But we — it is what it is. We are where we are right now.”