Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC News on Tuesday that he and President Donald Trump are “on the same team” when it comes to fighting the coronavirus.
During an interview on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, Fauci was asked whether Trump, who recently said on Fox News that he doesn’t always agree with the doctor, trusts him.
“I think he does,” Fauci said. “I think when you get statements like that, that doesn’t really reflect what actually goes on. I mean, I was at the White House yesterday at a task force meeting with the vice president. And everything that we discussed...gets to the president, and he understands that. So I think that’s kind of a distraction to pit me against the president. We’re all on the same team.”
Fauci also commented on the recent changes made to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines on testing for the coronavirus, which now say that testing isn’t necessary for asymptomatic people who have had contacted with an infected person.
“That did create some confusion,” the doctor said. “The confusion has been straightened out now. The way that sentence was said, it gave the impression that they’re not concerned about community spread and that people who are asymptomatic should not be tested. ...There’s no doubt that there is asymptomatic infection and asymptomatic people can transmit, and you can and should test asymptomatic people. What the guideline was trying to do was to try to make the point that not everyone who wants to be tested should be tested, only if you need to be tested. Understandably that was confusing. Hopefully that’s been straightened out now.”
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