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Fauci Destroys Journalist for Asking if He's 'Doing This Voluntarily' and for Accusing Trump of Not Listening to Health Experts

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speak during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

On CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Dr. Fauci made comments that were wildly distorted by the media. “You could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives,” he said. “Obviously, no one is going to deny that. But what goes into those kinds of decisions is complicated. But you’re right. Obviously, if we had, right from the very beginning, shut everything down, it may have been a little bit different. But there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down.”

During the Coronavirus Task Force briefing on Monday, Dr. Fauci sought to clarify those comments, and make it clear that despite the way the media was spinning it, the first time he and Dr. Birx recommended “shutting down” the country to mitigate the spread of the virus Trump listened.

But the most stunning moment came when CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid asked him, “Are you doing this voluntarily?” as if to imply he’d been forced to make this clarification for the president’s benefit.

“Everything I do is voluntary,” he replied, clearly insulted by the question. “Please… don’t even imply that.”

Bottom line: Dr. Fauci confirmed that President Trump took the advice of health experts every time. Even Dr. Fauci has had enough of the biased media.

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Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis