'Two self-promoters trying to reinvent history': Trump blasts 'king of the flip-flop' Fauci for taking credit for the vaccine and claims there was 'NO difficult call' with 'liar' Birx after she described an 'uncomfortable' chat with him

 Donald Trump described Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Deborah Birx as 'two self-promoters trying to reinvent history' on Monday as he accused the pair of being excessively cautious and medically misguided, insisting that his decisions to overrule them 'is saving the entire world'. 

The former president said Fauci was inconsistent, describing him as 'the king of "flip flops",' and denied Birx's claim that they had a 'very difficult' phone call at the start of the pandemic, when she told him how severe a threat the pandemic posed.

'She was a very negative voice who didn't have the right answers,' Trump said. 

His stinging statement came after Fauci and Birx both appeared on CNN on Sunday, with Birx speaking of her regrets as White House COVID task force chief, and Fauci appearing to claim credit for the decision to quickly develop vaccines against COVID-19.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made the comment in an interview with CNN for a special, diving into the details of America's pandemic response.

'When I saw what happened in New York City, almost over-running of our healthcare systems, and that's when it became very clear that the decision we made on January 10 to go all out and develop a vaccine, may have been the best decision that I've ever made with regard to intervention as the director of the institute,' Fauci said.

Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at Dr Anthony Fauci, describing him as inefficient, misguided and unwise

Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at Dr Anthony Fauci, describing him as inefficient, misguided and unwise

Trump on Monday issued a pointed rebuke to Fauci's Sunday claim to have been behind the decision to hunt for a vaccine

Trump on Monday issued a pointed rebuke to Fauci's Sunday claim to have been behind the decision to hunt for a vaccine

Fauci's remarks seemed to gloss over the key role played by pharmaceutical companies and Operation Warp Speed - the Trump administration's program to manufacture, test and deliver vaccines to the public in record time.

Trump on Monday described Fauci and Birx as bumbling failures.

Fauci, he said, 'tried to take credit for the vaccine, when in fact he said it would take three to five years'.

Trump said it was his decision to begin the vaccine program.

'We developed American vaccines by an American President in record time, nine months, which is saving the entire world,' he said.

'We bought billions of dollars of these vaccines on a calculated bet that they would work, perhaps the most important bet in the history of the world.' 

Trump, seen on the golf course in West Palm Beach on Friday, was angered by the comments made by Fauci and Birx

Trump, seen on the golf course in West Palm Beach on Friday, was angered by the comments made by Fauci and Birx 

Trump is seen at Mar-A-Lago in photos posted by campaign staffer Michael Solakiewicz on Friday

Trump is seen at Mar-A-Lago in photos posted by campaign staffer Michael Solakiewicz on Friday

Birx and Fauci are pictured with Trump in the White House briefing room early on in the pandemic, on March 20, 2020

Birx and Fauci are pictured with Trump in the White House briefing room early on in the pandemic, on March 20, 2020

The former president said Fauci was 'incapable' of pushing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to hurry with their approval process, and accused him of constantly changing his advice.

'Dr Fauci is also the king of "flip flops" and moving the goalposts to make himself look as good as possible,' Trump said.

He said that Fauci had argued against Trump's decision to end incoming flights from China, and pointed out that in the early days of the pandemic Fauci recommended not wearing a face mask. 

Trump concluded: 'I was the one to get it done, and even the fake news media knows and reports this.' 

He also mocked Fauci's  ceremonial first pitch at the opening game of the baseball season in July, ridiculing the lifelong baseball fan for talking about his sporting prowess as a young man. 

The former president then turned to Birx, who was the head of his White House COVID task force.  

Birx appeared on the same show as Fauci on Sunday night, and in recent weeks has given numerous interviews in which she has expressed regret for how she handled her role as head of the White House coronavirus task force.

Dr Birx said number of coronavirus deaths in the US would have 'decreased substantially' if cities and states had learned from the first surge that claimed 100,000 lives

Dr Birx said number of coronavirus deaths in the US would have 'decreased substantially' if cities and states had learned from the first surge that claimed 100,000 lives

'Dr. Birx is a proven liar with very little credibility left,' Trump said, claiming that Fauci would talk badly about her behind her back.

'The States who followed her lead, like California, had worse outcomes on Covid, and ruined the lives of countless children because they couldn’t go to school, ruined many businesses, and an untold number of Americans who were killed by the lockdowns themselves.

'Dr. Birx was a terrible medical advisor, which is why I seldom followed her advice.'

The former president also swiped at Birx for traveling for Thanksgiving to see her family despite emphasizing guidance to avoid nonessential travel. 

Trump delivered the criticism despite traveling frequently for campaign events throughout the pandemic, including holding a host of largely maskless rallies in the weeks leading up to the election.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, has appeared to claim credit for the decision to quickly develop vaccines against COVID-19

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, has appeared to claim credit for the decision to quickly develop vaccines against COVID-19

Fauci, 80, told CNN on Sunday night that pushing ahead with the search for a vaccine was the best decision he had made

Fauci, 80, told CNN on Sunday night that pushing ahead with the search for a vaccine was the best decision he had made


Trump's anger at his former health officials has been growing. 

In a formal statement earlier this month, Trump said: 'I hope everyone remembers when they're getting the COVID-19 (often referred to as the China Virus) Vaccine, that if I wasn't president, you wouldn't be getting that beautiful 'shot' for 5 years, at best, and probably wouldn't be getting it at all.' 

'I hope everyone remembers!' he added.

Indeed, Trump has often accused Fauci of nay-saying, pointing to statements Fauci made early in the pandemic that vaccines typically take years to develop.

Jason Miller, a close advisor to Trump, responded to a DailyMail.com article about Fauci's vaccine remark with scorn, tweeting: 'If it were up to Fauci we still wouldn't have a Covid vaccine.' 

Operation Warp Speed was a public-private partnership initiated by the Trump administration to facilitate and accelerate the development of COVID vaccines.

Fauci was one of the lead members of Trump's Coronavirus Task Force, and President Joe Biden subsequently appointed him as chief medical advisor. He had no formal role in Operation Warp Speed.

Fauci has never been publicly named as a key figure in the development of vaccines or in Operation Warp Speed, which operated separately from the Coronavirus Task Force. 

Trump has directly claimed credit for vaccines, previously saying: 'I hope everyone remembers... that if I wasn't President, you wouldn't be getting that beautiful 'shot' for 5 years'

Trump has directly claimed credit for vaccines, previously saying: 'I hope everyone remembers... that if I wasn't President, you wouldn't be getting that beautiful 'shot' for 5 years'

Throughout the pandemic, Fauci has been eager to give interviews, seeming to revel in the title 'America's Doctor' that the media bestowed on him.

Like Fauci, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta seemed to overlook the role that Operation Warp Speed and pharmaceutical companies played in the development of the vaccines.

'The life-saving and record-breaking vaccines that Dr. Fauci oversaw were a giant success for 'The Doctors' and for science and for the world,' Gupta said in a voiceover for the special. 

The CNN special featured interviews with six medical doctors who played key roles in America's pandemic response, including Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx, Dr. Robert Kadlec, Dr. Robert Redfield, Dr. Stephen Hahn and Dr. Brett Giroir.


'Two self-promoters trying to reinvent history': Trump blasts 'king of the flip-flop' Fauci for taking credit for the vaccine and claims there was 'NO difficult call' with 'liar' Birx after she described an 'uncomfortable' chat with him 'Two self-promoters trying to reinvent history': Trump blasts 'king of the flip-flop' Fauci for taking credit for the vaccine and claims there was 'NO difficult call' with 'liar' Birx after she described an 'uncomfortable' chat with him Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 09:36 Rating: 5

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