On Monday night, Donald Trump retweeted a number of tweets with false and misleading statements about the coronavirus, including one from his former White House counselor Steve Bannon who accused Dr. Fauci of misleading “the American public on many issues but in particular, on dismissing #hydroxychloroquine.”
When Dr. Fauci was asked about the tweets during an appearance on Good Morning America on Tuesday, he said: “I don’t tweet, I don’t even read them. I don’t really want to go there. I just will continue to do my job, no matter what comes out, because I think it’s very important.”
Asked about Trump’s and the right-wingers claim that he misled the public, Fauci said: “We’re in the middle of a crisis with regard to a pandemic. This is what I do. This is what I’ve been trained for my entire professional life and I’ll continue to do it. I have not been misleading the American public under any circumstances.”
Dr. Fauci was also forced to reiterate his previous stance about the ineffectiveness of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine following Trump’s retweet of a very misleading video featuring doctors making false and dubious statements about the drug.
“The overwhelming prevailing clinical trials that have looked at the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine have indicated that it is not effective in coronavirus disease,” Fauci said.
The video has since been removed by Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. Donald Trump Jr’s Twitter account was also temporarily suspended for uploading the video.
Dr. Fauci on Trump’s tweets attacking him: “I don’t even read them.”