Fauci on His Decreased Television Time: ‘I Have a Reputation’ of ‘Speaking the Truth’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is revealing why he thinks he has not “been on television” while also pushing back against President Donald Trump’s claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are considered “totally harmless.”

During an interview with The Financial Times, Fauci noted that his refusal to sugar-coat things may be the reason why he no longer appears on television with the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

“I have a reputation, as you probably have figured out, of speaking the truth at all times and not sugar-coating things,” Fauci said. “And that may be one of the reasons why I haven’t been on television very much lately.”

Fauci was also asked about Trump’s 99% claim and he admitted that he is still trying to determine where the president’s source is for that figure.

“I’m trying to figure out where the president got that number,” Fauci said during the interview published on Friday.

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The top infectious disease expert went on to suggest the president may be noting the 1% mortality rate while focusing on the opposite end of the spectrum.

“What I think happened is that someone told him that the general mortality is about 1 percent,” Fauci said. “And he interpreted, therefore, that 99 percent is not a problem when that’s obviously not the case.”

Fauci’s latest interview came as the president disagreed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines and pushed the CDC to revise its guidelines on reopening schools. However, CDC Director Robert Redfield declined to do so, but instead, said the CDC will provide more information.

Despite alarming spikes in coronavirus cases across the United States, Trump also threatened to withhold federal funding if schools do not fully open with in-person classes in the fall, as previously reported on IJR.

During Trump’s interview with Sean Hannity on Thursday evening, he also criticized Fauci, saying, “Dr. Fauci is a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes.”

Although the president has falsely claimed the increase in positive cases is “only” due to expanded testing, experts have pointed to the increase in the infection rate.

As of Friday morning, there are more than 3.2 million known coronavirus cases in the United States with a death toll of more than 136,000.


  1. Screw, WHAT is it that you understand the 2016 polling to show? National polling showed Hillary would win the popular vote. Earth to Screw, she did.

  2. “Meanwhile, this delays the herd immunity that is needed to prevent a future outbreak of this deadly virus.” HWB

    There is no lasting herd immunity with COVID-19. After the 2nd month after recovery, maybe the 3rd month, victims start losing their antibodies. Again, you lie.

  3. Sorry I can’t reply . IJR. As reiliable as the 2016 polls. BWAHAHA! The sadness is how many people actually listened to them

    As I’ve said and implied. Most people are f’ing stupid yet still get a vote.

  4. The biggest problem with being an expert is how many time you can be wrong before you’re simply a talking head.

    q.v. the 2016 polls vs. actual results.
    q.q.v the touted results for 2020.

  5. 3.2 Million cases with 136,000 deaths. Curious. Perhaps this will clear it up….or not.
    Birx from the CDC told all medical personnel that if the person has covid, is suspected of having covid, waiting for test results or the person probably has covid with no test done it gets counted as covid cases. If they die, it’s covid.
    Fauci just misses his celebrity.

  6. ST, My only response to your excellent question is that Gropin’ Joe would’ve listened to the “experts”, who I assume, include Dr Slouchy. Whatever the Hell that means…
    It’d be funny if it weren’t so sad! See my other post.

  7. Calie, you are SO correct!! This isn’t a complete list of Fauci False claims, contradictions, and comments, but a good summary. (Source: Gateway Pundit. All sourced and linked BTW) [] are my comments.

    1.) Dr. Fauci says he warned Trump in January that the US was in real trouble but that is not what he said publicly. In January Dr. Anthony Fauci told Newsmax TV that the United States “did not have to worry” about the coronavirus and that it was “not a major threat.”

    2.) Dr. Fauci warned of an apocalyptic coronavirus pandemic — then just weeks later he compared the coronavirus to a bad flu.

    3.) Dr. Fauci based all of his predictions on the garbage IHME models that were OFF BY MILLIONS and then later told reporters, “You can’t really rely on models.” [Tell the Globull warmers that! It’s ALL they’ve got! HWB]

    4.) On March 20th Dr. Fauci jumped in and “corrected” the president during a press briefing on hydroxychloroquine treatment for coronavirus saying, “You got to be careful when you say ‘fairly effective.’ It was never done in a clinical trial… It was given to individuals and felt that maybe it worked.”
    Exactly two weeks later hydroxychloroquine was deemed the most highly rated treatment for the novel coronavirus in an international poll of more than 6,000 doctors. [conclusion just recently confirmed by an extensive Henry Ford Medical Center study…HWB]

    5.) Dr. Fauci pushed these garbage models every step of the way. A month ago Dr. Fauci claimed 1 million to 2 million Americans would die from coronavirus. Then he said 100,000 to 200,000 Americans will die from the virus. Three weeks ago he agreed 81,766 Americans would die from the coronavirus. Then by that Wednesday the experts cut the number of deaths to 60,415 projected deaths.

    6.) On Easter Dr. Fauci suggested President Trump should have shut down the economy in February…[Trump shut down global international travel in January and was called xenophobic by his critics, including Joe Biden. HWB] When the number of known cases in the US was around 100. Fauci later walked back his attacks.

    7.) Dr. Fauci said cruises were OK on March 9th. That was a huge error.

    8.) Dr. Fauci said malls, movies and gyms were OK on February 29th. That was another huge mistake.

    9.) Dr. Fauci was wrong about the first coronavirus deaths in the country. Dr. Fauci, Dr. Birx and the CDC were off by nearly a month. California officials revealed Tuesday that a patient in Santa Clara died from coronavirus on February 6th not February 29th.[a close personal friend and work colleague of mine returned from Italy and was hospitalized shortly after for an “unidentified respiratory infection” during that time. I developed a persistent cough shortly after but no other symptoms (asymptomatic CV19?). HWB]

    10.) Dr. Fauci and the CDC missed the millions and millions of US citizens who had already contracted the coronavirus before the draconian lockdowns took place. Knowing this could have prevented the economic calamity. [see my comments in #9]

    11.) On April 15, 2020, Fauci endorses Tinder hookups, unbelievably. [undoubtably a sponsor as were the Wuhan lab donations Fauci authorized prior to this pandemic. HWB].

    12.) And in his worst mistake Dr. Fauci relied on corrupt W.H.O rules to lock down the United States and destroy the US economy. Meanwhile, this delays the herd immunity that is needed to prevent a future outbreak of this deadly virus.

  8. Any one care to comment on the MIA Gropin’ Joej vs. Fauci?

    The “expert” good doctor has been proven wrong MANY times. Maybe he can get a gig on QVC, HSN, or BSNBC.

  9. I think he believes he’s telling the truth, but he’s been wrong A LOT. So he’s lost credibility with many.

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