Trump Bursts Fauci's Bubble: 'I Want Schools and America Open'
President disagrees with Fauci and wants to get country open
President Donald Trump has voiced his disagreements with the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying he wants "schools and America open."
Trump hailed Fauci as a “very good person" during an interview with Maria Bartiromo of FOX Business, but added schools need to open “quickly and safely."
“So [Dr.] Anthony [Fauci] is a good person, a very good person – I’ve disagreed with him,” Trump said.
“We have to get the schools open; we have to get our country open, we have to open our country."
"Now, we want to do it safely, but we also want to do it as quickly as possible, we can’t keep going on like this … You’re having bedlam already in the streets, you can’t do this," Trump added.
"We have to get it open. I totally disagree with him on schools.”
Trump earlier said that America might not bounce back if schools continue to remain closed.
Fauci, on Tuesday, testified before a U.S. Senate committee that the coronavirus could see a comeback if America reopens their economies.
The Doctor also warned against reopening schools in the fall.
“If this were a situation where you had a vaccine, that would really be the end of the issue in a positive way,” Fauci said.
“But as I mentioned in my opening remarks, even at the top speed we’re going; we don’t see a vaccine playing in the ability of individuals to get back to school this term.”
But Trump said Fauci's answer was not acceptable.
“I was surprised by his answer actually because it’s just to me it’s not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools,” he said.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blasted Fauci on his stance with keeping schools closed.
“I think that … we’re going to have a national one-size-fits-all approach – nobody’s going to go to school, is kind of ridiculous,” Paul told Fauci.
“We really ought to be doing it school district by the school district, and the power needs to be dispersed because people make wrong predictions.”
Sen. Rand Paul: "I don't think you're the end all. I don't think you're the one person that gets to make a decision."— CSPAN (@cspan) May 12, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci: "I have never made myself out to be the end all and only voice in this. I'm a scientist, a physician and a public health official." pic.twitter.com/Nqlg3zOqn3
Senator Paul highlighted the fact that mortality rates have varied by region, while he also blasted experts for crafting policies based on faulty scientific models.
“We ought to have a little bit of humility in our belief that we know what’s best for the economy,” said Paul.
“And, as much as I respect you, Dr. Fauci, I don’t think you’re the end-all," he added.
"I don’t think you’re the one person that gets to make the decision. We can listen to your advice, but there are people on the other sides saying that there’s not going to be a surge, and we can safely open the economy, and the facts will bear this out.”
Last month, Fauci claimed that the world might never return to the “normal” after the coronavirus outbreak.
"If you want to get back to pre-coronavirus, that might not ever happen in the sense that the threat is there," he added.