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Fauci: Scientists lacked 'any direction' from Trump in last days of presidency

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Texas patrons threaten to call ICE on Mexican restaurant for keeping mask mandate Gottlieb: 'Probable' that high schoolers will get coronavirus vaccines this year MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said scientists lacked “any direction” during the last days of former President TrumpDonald TrumpUS, South Korea reach agreement on cost-sharing for troops Graham: Trump can make GOP bigger, stronger, or he 'could destroy it' Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE’s time in office.

In an interview with The Telegraph published on Friday, Fauci said that scientists were “acting alone” trying to protect the nation from the pandemic during the last two months of Trump’s presidency.

“We [the scientists] were trying, but we were acting almost alone, in the sense of without any direction,” he told the news outlet.

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Fauci often found himself at odds with the former president over the pandemic, as Trump repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus and flouted public health measures. Fauci was eventually sidelined from media interviews and White House briefings after he repeatedly contradicted Trump in public.

"When it became clear that in order to maintain my integrity and to get the right message [across] I had to publicly disagree with him, he did things — or allowed things to happen — that were terrible,” Fauci told The Telegram of contradicting Trump in public.

Fauci said he continued to work with former Vice President Pence, who “really tried his very best to address the outbreak" while remaining loyal to Trump. However, he says his influence with Trump diminished when the former president decided to focus on his reelection.

“That’s when he said, ‘It’s going to go away, it’s magical, don’t worry about it,’ ” Fauci said. “My direct influence on him was negligible. It became more conflictual than productive.”

Fauci, who is now chief medical adviser to President BidenJoe BidenLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Fauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE’s administration, has been open in recent weeks about his time helping the Trump administration grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

He recently told “Axios on HBO” that he worried about contracting COVID-19 during the Trump administration due to its approach to handling the virus.