Dr. Fauci Makes A Strong Statement About Donald Trump's Health

Dr. Anthony Fauci has remained a stalwart and calming presence in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to his role as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He joined the White House's coronavirus task force, according to CNN, and worked with former President Donald Trump on stopping the spread.

However, Fauci and Trump had a strained relationship, and one that was only made worse as the two shared conflicting messages about the severity of the virus. Fauci even admitted that it was a difficult experience working with Trump, per The New York Timesand the doctor expressed optimism about his subsequent relationship with President Joe Biden, saying it'll be a better relationship than the one he had with Trump.

Trump and his wife, Melania Trump, tested positive for the coronavirus on Oct. 1, 2020, according to NPR, and he was taken to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he received treatments until he was able to return to the White House. While Fauci wasn't surprised by Trump's diagnosis, the doctor has since made shocking statements about the event.

Dr. Fauci said Trump was 'fortunate' given his age and weight

Dr. Anthony Fauci thought that former President Donald Trump was "lucky" that he recovered from his coronavirus diagnosis. In a February 2021 interview with The Telegraph, Fauci said that, considering Trump's weight and age, things could have gone much worse. "He could have gotten into serious trouble. I think he was quite fortunate," Fauci told the outlet. Fauci also had scathing words for the entire White House under Trump's direction, calling the location a "Covid-19 superspreader."

Trump is 6 foot 3 inches tall and weighs 244 pounds, according to the Daily Mail, and he was 74 years old when he contracted the virus, per The Guardian. Both age and being overweight are significant risks and increase the severity of the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Considering all of this, it may come as no surprise that Trump was in fact much sicker than he let on at the time. According to The New York Times, Trump's physician, Dr. Sean P. Conley, had "repeatedly downplayed concerns about Mr. Trump's condition during his illness." Trump had to be administered oxygen during his treatment while he battled a high fever and dropping oxygen levels. There was worry that Trump would have to be put on a ventilator as well. No wonder Dr. Fauci said he was fortunate!

Fauci's famous '60 Minutes' interview says it all

Dr. Anthony Fauci's 60 Minutes interview in October 2020 was a concise summary of how he felt about Donald Trump and the former president's relationship to COVID-19 safety measures. In the now-famous clip, when Fauci was asked if he was surprised that Trump got sick, he emphatically responded, "Absolutely not."

"I was worried that he was going to get sick," Fauci added at the time, "when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded... no separation between people, and almost nobody wearing a mask." The 60 Minutes interview showed clips of Amy Coney Barrett's swearing-in ceremony in the White House's Rose Garden as Fauci said this. "When I saw that on TV, I said, 'Oh my goodness,'" Fauci continued, as he covered his face with his hands. "Nothing good can come out of that. That's got to be a problem. And then sure enough, it turned out to be a super-spreader event."

Facui didn't hold back yet again in January 2021 when he spoke with CNN. When Fauci was asked if the lack of facts under Trump's administration cost lives, the doctor said that "it very likely did." But Fauci also said he "didn't want to rehash it," and instead focused optimistically on the future, especially with President Biden.

Joe Biden says you'll be hearing less from the president and more from scientists

Dr. Anthony Fauci has spoken candidly about working under both former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden. After Biden took over in January 2021, Fauci spoke with CNN and discussed Biden's main priority in the coronavirus task force, which was restoring trust in the American people.

Fauci said he agrees with the goal, explaining, "We've had a lot of divisiveness. We've had facts that were very, very clear that were questioned, people were not trusting what health officials were saying... masking became a political issue." Fauci supported Biden's hope that everybody can get on the "same page" and, most importantly, to let the science speak.

Fauci stressed this idea again in a press conference at the White House shortly after Biden took office. "The idea that you can get up here and... let the science speak, it is somewhat of a liberating feeling," the doctor said, according to USA Today. In fact, Biden himself stressed this from the State Dining room in January 2021, in rhetoric that was quite different from Trump's: "That's why you're going to be hearing a lot more from Dr. Fauci, not from the president, but from the real genuine experts and scientists."