Dr. Anthony Fauci is kind of the George Washington of infectious disease control. Everyone praises him and trusts in his probity, across party lines.
So when he says President Trump is not at fault for the failure to provide enough coronavirus tests in a timely manner, it means something, even if Democrats don’t want to hear it.
That’s not to say that there wasn’t more Trump could have done to lead on this issue early on. But on this key point, Fauci gives him a pass.
According to the Washington Examiner:
The nation’s top infectious disease doctor said that neither President Trump nor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are to blame for the slow rollout of COVID-19 testing in the United States.
Appearing on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Tuesday, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that there were “multiple things” that went wrong, including a “technical glitch.”
“It was a complicated series of multiple things that conflated that just, you know, went the wrong way,” Fauci said. “One of them was a technical glitch that slowed things down in the beginning. Nobody’s fault. There wasn’t any bad guys there. It just happened.”
Addressing the technical glitch, Hewitt asked the doctor if “every president [would] have run into the same problem?”
“Oh, absolutely,” Fauci replied. “This has nothing to do with anybody’s fault, certainly not the president’s fault.