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Fauci defends care given to Trump, calling it 'optimal'

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFlorida hackers change highway sign to read 'Arrest Fauci' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP torpedoes election bill; infrastructure talks hit snag White House admits July 4 vaccine marker will be missed MORE defended the doctors caring for President TrumpDonald TrumpIran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' Ivanka Trump, Kushner distance themselves from Trump claims on election: CNN Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs chairman clashes with GOP on critical race theory | House bill introduced to overhaul military justice system as sexual assault reform builds momentum MORE on Monday, saying he is confident the president is getting “optimal care” while also saying he is not involved in the treatment. 

“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 said on CNN, referring to the president’s doctor. 

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He added, though, that he is not personally involved in the care of the president.

“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.”

Conley has come under criticism for not being fully straightforward in his press briefings over the weekend. 

Conley acknowledged on Sunday that he left the impression the day before that he was “trying to hide something.” Conley did not disclose on Saturday that Trump had needed supplemental oxygen after his oxygen level dropped on Friday. 

On Sunday, Conley also did not fully answer questions about what Trump’s chest scans showed and whether his oxygen level had ever dropped below 90 percent. 

Still, doctors said Trump is improving and could even be released on Monday.