Birx describes 'uncomfortable' conversation with Trump after CNN interview

Tanya Simon
March 29, 2021

Dr. Deborah Birx, the former White House coronavirus response coordinator, said she had an "uncomfortable" conversation with President Donald Trump past year after she spoke frankly during a cable-news appearance.

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.

Fauci's boss National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins told Axios in February that former President Donald Trump's Operation Warp Speed deserves the credit for facilitating the creation of a COVID-19 vaccine in record time, but that didn't stop Fauci from pretending that he didn't spend the a year ago casting doubt on the administration's vaccine efforts and goals.

"When I saw what happened in New York City, nearly 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, "he said in "COVID WAR: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out".

As the Post said, Fauci did not appear to give credit to - or even bother to mention - Trump's Operation Warp Speed, which saw the US government pumping billions of dollars into multiple drug manufacturers to get a COVID vaccine developed as quickly as possible. "It was very uncomfortable, very direct, and very hard to hear".

In an interview for a CNN documentary airing Sunday, Dr. Deborah Birx explained that hundreds of thousands of COVID-related deaths could have been prevented. "It's into the rural as equal urban areas".

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When asked by CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta whether she felt threatened by the former president, she repeated that the exchange had been a "very uncomfortable conversation".

"The first time, we have an excuse".

Fauci has previously spoken out about what it was like working with the former president and said working under Biden was "liberating" in comparison.

"I thought rather than firing him, you know, I listened to him, but I didn't do what he said because frankly, his record is not a good record", Trump said on the "Truth with Lisa Boothe" podcast.

According to The New York Times, when asked if she was being censored by the administration, she said, "Clearly someone was blocking me from doing it".

More than 542,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the United States, according to a Reuters tally, and nearly 30 million have been infected. "All the rest of them, in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially". The US reached 100,000 COVID-19 deaths by the end of May 2020.

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