WASHINGTON – President Trump asked a simple question Tuesday: Why isn’t he getting credit for Dr. Anthony Fauci’s towering approval ratings, since he’s the head of Fauci?
The obvious answer: Because Fauci and Trump have treated the coronavirus in two completely different ways. Just look at his statements and actions from yesterday.
Trump downplayed the virus and tweeted: “Cases are increasing in the US. USA Because we are testing much more than any other country, and more and more. With smaller tests we would show fewer cases! ”
Fauci, by contrast, raised the alarm in his testimony before Congress on Tuesday. “We have been severely beaten,” he said yesterday. “It is a serious situation.” Fauci added that in some areas, “we have done very well,” citing New York as an example. “However, in other areas of the country, we are now seeing a disturbing increase in infections.”
Trump attended an indoor rally in Arizona, where most attendees, including Trump, wore no masks.
Fauci, meanwhile, urged the public to wear masks. “Everyone in the public health sector agrees that wearing a mask is beneficial. It may not be perfect, as we usually say, use it and don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. It is always better to have a mask on than not to have a mask on. Both for acquisition and transmission. “
And yesterday, at his demonstration in Arizona, Trump focused on his re-election: “You are fighting an oppressive left-wing ideology driven by hate and seeking to purge all dissent.”
Fauci, on the other hand, focused on combating the coronavirus in states with increasing cases: “At this time, the next two weeks will be critical in our ability to address those surgeries that we are seeing in Florida, Texas, Arizona and other states. “
It has become a common theme at First Read, but we have to say it again: The President of the United States, who faces the greatest challenge for the country in the past 75 years, refuses to lead.
And he gave that leadership to Fauci.