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  • Fauci said he’s confident the doctors caring for Trump are providing “optimal care.”
  • He also said he was worried about the number of daily new infections in the U.S.
  • “I am certainly not pleased or satisfied, but I’m actually disturbed and concerned about the fact that our baseline of infections is still stuck around 40,000 per day,” Fauci told CNN.

Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, confirmed on Monday that he has not been involved with President Trump’s coronavirus treatment and said he was concerned about the number of daily infections the U.S. is seeing. 

During an interview on CNN’s "New Day" Monday morning, Fauci was asked whether he was personally involved in the care of the president. 


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“I think it’s obvious ... that I have not been involved,” Fauci said. “I don’t want to get into talking about the president’s case, because that’s not something that I’ve really been cleared to talk about. But personally I have not been involved in the direct care of the president.” 

Trump announced early Friday morning that he and the first lady tested positive for COVID-19. On Friday evening, he was taken by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment. 

Fauci went on to defend the doctors caring for Trump, including Sean Conley, who has come under criticism for not being entirely straightforward about the president’s status during his press briefings over the weekend. 

“My colleagues that I know, including Sean Conley, are very good physicians, and they’re very qualified, so I am really confident that the president of the United States is getting the optimal care that you can get with the team over at Walter Reed,” Fauci told CNN. 

As the U.S. is recording more than 40,000 new coronavirus cases per day, Fauci said he was worried about the number of new infections as the colder weather approaches, increasing the risk of transmission. 

“I am certainly not pleased or satisfied, but I’m actually disturbed and concerned about the fact that our baseline of infections is still stuck around 40,000 per day,” Fauci told CNN. 

“That’s no place to be when you’re trying to get your arms around an epidemic and get it to a very low baseline,” he said.


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Published on Oct 05, 2020