‘We Don’t Have a Dr. Fauci Problem’: Graham Defend Nation’s Top Infectious Disease Expert

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) defended Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, during a press conference on Tuesday.

A reporter asked Graham what he thought of reports of President Donald Trump trying to discredit Fauci.

Graham acknowledged his respect for Fauci and suggested he is an integral part of the solution to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Well here’s what I would say about Dr. Fauci, he’s been around a long time. He’s one of the smartest people I know. Has he been right all the time? No,” Graham said.

He added, “We don’t have a Dr. Fauci problem, we need to be focusing on doing things that get us where we need to go. So I have all the respect in the world for Dr. Fauci. I think any effort to undermine him is not going to be productive, quite frankly.”

Graham went on to urge the federal government to focus on a phase four response to the pandemic.

According to Graham, phase four should look like reshaping unemployment benefits, focusing on testing, and providing additional assistance to hospitals.

“Getting in a contest with Dr. Fauci about whether he was right or wrong doesn’t move the ball forward because here’s where we are as a nation, the infection rate is going up, we shut the whole country down,” Graham said.

He added, “It’s time to reopen up smartly. It’s time to go back to school, and we’re going to deal with the reality that we’re not as prepared as we need to be but we are moving in the right direction.”

During a Fox News phone interview Thursday evening, Trump said Fauci “is a nice man but he’s made a lot of mistakes,” as IJR previously reported.

Shortly thereafter, Trump was asked if he still values Fauci’s advice amid rumors of a strained relationship.

Trump declared he has a “very good relationship” with Fauci, as IJR previously reported.

Responses

  1. Whatever mistakes Fauci has made, and there have not been many, are outnumbered by far by the crazy, wishful, misleading statements and leadership by our President. There was a printed plan in place to start attacking this thing; Mr. Trump ignored it. (John Bolton got us to withdraw our epidemiological observers from China and close that function under the office of the national security adviser, one of the few boneheaded misdeeds that can’t be pinned on the President.) Trump still doesn’t understand the importance of testing, tracking, and monitoring; whenever he hears a recommendation on that front, he blabs about the US having done more tests than anybody else and that we have all the testing we need. He sabotages medical experts instead of listening to them. He has convinced the right wing sphere that anybody who wants to take this epidemic seriously is only doing it to cut him down.

    Trump derangement syndrome can just as well be applied to the sea of stupid ideas that float up, the popular attempts to distort facts and causation, so that Trump will somehow be justified in whatever nonsense outburst he has made lately. You people should all read his niece’s book. She’s a shrink. She’s seen him up close. She knows. He’s nuts.

  2. “ism”, ‘phob”, etc etc. Meaningless drivel of the Left. Those sour grapes of 2016 must really taste bad. wait till you’re screaming at the sky in November. RACIST! PHOB THIS! PHOB THAT!

  3. Graham is all talk and no action. SC needs to get rid of him when his next election comes up. Fauci is a camera/microphone loving fraud and needs to quickly be relegated to the background.

  4. “Trump takes much heat for many made up reasons, and that is not fair.” ray

    rav is confused.

    King Donald Ghe Loser earned every single blowtorch pointed in his dirrection. Every single one of them, through his incompetence, inaction, ignorance, racism and xenophobia, callousness, laziness, corruption, etc.

    1. Don’t expect people to take your confused diatribe seriously. More people suffer from TDS than the coronavirus.

  5. Dr. Fauci is taking just a little heat and that is fair. But he began by saying COVID 19 has many unknowns and there is much to learn. We are in the learning phase of science as best as it can be practiced. Trump takes much heat for many made up reasons, and that is not fair.

  6. Ken
    Yes, that sounds like a safe bet. The statistics are all over the place. IJR won’t allow the site evidently but two speakers in Cook County, Minnesota said publicly that if someone dies in a car accident but tested positive death would be attributed to COVID-19. Now who made THAT ridiculous decision?

  7. Well, what a bunch of problem solvers. Oh, that’s right. No solutions just snide remarks and veiled hate. And President Trump was being kind. Fauci loves the microphone and has made too many mistakes.

  8. If Beijing Biden, the Basement Boy, gets elected the Covid-19 virus will disappear over night and the BLM protests will cease.

  9. Les & Deb…you believe that getting rid of Fauci & Graham will cure the virus…you’re both so stupid!

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