Maryland GOP governor: Fauci has 'never let me' down

Maryland GOP governor: Fauci has 'never let me' down
© getty: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R)

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Monday warned against the idea of the White House sidelining Anthony FauciAnthony FauciAverage daily COVID-19 infections topped last summer's peak, CDC says Ron Johnson praises conservative author bashed by Fauci The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by AT&T - Senate readies weeklong debate on infrastructure MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, saying Fauci had been more responsive to the state’s coronavirus needs than President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Biden administration to keep Trump-era rule of turning away migrants during pandemic MORE or Vice President Pence.

Hogan wrote in a USA Today op-ed that in March, as the Washington metro area including Maryland and Virginia showed signs of being a hot spot, he was unable to get a call back from the president and vice president, but was able to get in contact with a number of top health officials to get advice.

“But I spent the first weekend of April on the phone with all the other people who needed to hear about this: Dr. Fauci, Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health; Assistant Health Secretary Adm. Brett Giroir; Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperOvernight Defense: Pentagon chief defends Milley after Trump book criticism | Addresses critical race theory | Top general says Taliban has 'strategic momentum' in war The Biden administration and Tunisia: Off to a good start Overnight Defense: Navy pulls plug on 0 million railgun effort | Esper defends Milley after Trump attacks | Navy vet charged in Jan. 6 riot wants trial moved MORE, and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthyRyan McCarthyTwo-star general at Fort Hood cleared after internal investigation Vice News promotes Micheal Learmonth to editor-in-chief Trump appointee endorses Christine Wormuth as Army secretary MORE,” he wrote.

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Fauci, Hogan wrote, promised to raise the issue with the White House coronavirus task force. “And Dr. Fauci never let me or the people of Maryland down,” Hogan wrote. “I shudder to think where our country would be today without him.”

Hogan emphasized that public health experts should not be the only source leaders rely on during crises, but that figures like Fauci are vital to provide a “clear-eyed view of the evidence as we know it at the time — even if we don’t always want to hear it.”

“With some states experiencing massive spikes, we need to know the science to help contain the spread. As the public experiences fatigue from months of social distancing, we need steady and reliable voices who can remind us to stay vigilant,” Hogan wrote. “And as we work to open school in the fall safely, we need the input of public health experts to guide how we can make it work. We need Dr. Fauci more than ever.”

The op-ed comes as Trump has said his and Fauci’s relationship remains good but called the infectious diseases expert “a little bit of an alarmist,” while White House trade adviser Peter Navarro published a piece also in the USA Today criticizing Fauci, which the White House has since said was unauthorized.