President Joe Biden said Friday he has “great confidence” in Dr. Anthony Fauci after his top medical adviser came under fire for comments about the coronavirus pandemic revealed in a series of emails.
Biden expressed his confidence in Fauci after making comments about the May jobs report. The president had actually left the room where he was giving the speech when DailyMail.com asked him a question about the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
President Biden stuck his head in to answer.
“Yes, I have great faith in Dr. Fauci,” he said.
President Joe Biden told DailyMail.com that he has “great confidence” in Dr. Anthony Faucic
dr. Anthony Fauci under fire for revelations in his released emails about the COVID pandemic
Fauci has been on the defensive in recent weeks after several emails he wrote were published by The Washington Post and Buzzfeed News as part of a Freedom of Information Act petition.
In the 3,200 pages of his redacted emails, Fauci questioned the theory that the coronavirus was leaking from a lab in Wuhan, China, and offered advice on face masks he would later roll back.
The White House has defended him even as several Republicans requested access to his unedited emails and asked him to appear again before house committees to answer their questions.
“Well, I think we’ve talked about this at some length from here on out. Let me just say about Dr. Fauci and his emails — he’s also spoken to this many times over the past few days and we’ll let him speak for himself,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki. on Thursday.
“And he has been an undeniable asset in our country’s pandemic response,” she said. “But of course it’s not very beneficial for me to re-litigate the contents of emails from 17 months ago.”
She continued to praise Fauci after repeated questions about the issues raised in his emails, most notably his rejection of the theory about the origins of COVID and his conflicting guidelines on face masks.
“The president and administration believe that Dr. Fauci has played an incredible role in bringing the pandemic under control,” she said.
She pointed to an administration investigation into the origins of COVID-19 that is underway.
“We’ve launched, at the direction of the President, a full internal review process to use all government resources to get to the bottom of the origins, and that’s a 100-day process and we’re looking forward to — or 90 days it’s been.” over,” said Psaki.
Meanwhile, Republicans are demanding to hear from the infectious disease expert.
House Republican whip Steve Scalise and Rep. James Comer wrote to the chairs of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus and the House Oversight Committee to say it was “necessary” for Fauci to appear before them.
They said the publication of Fauci’s emails disproved claims made by many Democrats over the past year, including that Fauci and other scientists were being muzzled by the Trump administration.
“It is now imperative that Dr. Fauci will come before our committees to provide information about the origins of the novel coronavirus and the role of the US government in funding research that may have contributed to the development of the novel coronavirus, they said.
“The American people have a right to know what our government knew about the origin of the pandemic and when it was known.”
They also called on the committee chair and chairperson to demand unedited versions of Fauci’s newly released emails.
On Wednesday, Fauci said his emails are “really ripe to be taken out of context.”
Where someone can cut a sentence out of an email without showing the other emails and say, ‘based on an email from Dr. Fauci he said so-and-so, ‘where you don’t really have the full context,’ the doctor said.
The thousands of pages of emails — with many obscured editorials — reveal Fauci’s conversations about the pandemic with a variety of people, from doctors in China to US government officials to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Republicans responded to many of the emails like a “smoking gun” and used them to attack Fauci for conflicting words.
For example, a February 5, 2020 email that Fauci sent to Sylvia Burwell, former secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, said he did not recommend wearing a mask because she was traveling to a low-risk location.
Fauci told CNN they were constantly getting new data, leading to changes in their medical recommendations as the pandemic progressed.
‘If we knew that the data shows that masks do work outside a hospital environment, while we didn’t know that then. If we realize all those things then, of course,” he said. “You ask a question: ‘Would you do anything differently if you knew what you know now?’ Of course people would have. That’s so obvious.’