March 24, 2020
Joe Biden Says “Listen to Dr. Fauci.” Shouldn’t He?
"Listen to Dr. Fauci," Joe Biden lectured President Trump on CNN today, adding, "he should listen to the scientific experts.”
On The View, Biden instructed the media to “have Dr. Fauci on a lot more than the president,” further attempting to sow division and drive a wedge between the President of the United States and the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) during a global health crisis.
But shouldn't Joe Biden listen to Dr. Fauci?
Just hours before Biden's comments, Dr. Fauci denounced the divisive tactics Biden is employing as “not helpful” in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Listen:
- HOST: It seems like increasingly a bunch of the questions from the media are designed to create a rift between you and the President of the United States. Or at least, to emphasize differences of opinion in a way that creates distance between you and the President. Are you sensing that as the media continually asks you questions about the differences you have with him?
- DR. FAUCI: That is really unfortunate. I would wish that that would stop because we have a much bigger problem here than trying to point out differences. There really fundamentally at the core, when you look at things, there are not differences. The president has listened to what I have said and what the other people on the task force have said. When I've made recommendations he's taken them. He's never countered or overridden me. The idea of just pitting one against the other is just not helpful. I wish that would stop and we’d look ahead at the challenge we have to pull together to get over this thing.
On The View, Biden also accused President Trump of making decisions that are not grounded in science. But Dr. Fauci is a scientist, and Fauci says President Trump has “never” made a decision that went against the science-based advice he provided. Watch:
- HOST: There’s this statement put out, some in the press, some of the opposition party to the President, that the President doesn’t follow the science. Is the President following the science?
- DR. FAUCI: Every single time that I – and when I say every, it’s like almost every day, it’s not like once a month – we’re in the [White House] task force meeting. There are several of us, myself included, and I’m not the only one, that’s a scientist or a public health person. There are other people who have other responsibilities, so we get a good sampling of expertise that you need, and it’s led by the Vice President. Secretary Azar is there as the Secretary of HHS. And we talk about every aspect and we make all of our decisions and recommendations that are based on the science. I have never, in that room, had a situation where I said, ‘scientifically this is the right thing to do it,’ and they said, ‘don’t do it,’ or, ‘scientifically this is the wrong thing to do,’ and they did it anyway. Then we get up and we present it to the President and he asks a lot of questions. That’s his nature. He’s constantly asking you questions. And I never, in the multiple times that I’ve done that, where I’ve said, ‘for scientific reasons we really should do this,’ that he hasn’t said, ‘let’s do it.’ Or, when he’s decided – not decided – when he suggests, ‘why don’t we do this?’ And I say, ‘no, that’s really not a good idea from a scientific standpoint’ – he has never overruled me.
Joe Biden is doing exactly what Dr. Fauci has said is "not helpful," and Biden's attacks on President Trump are directly contradicted by Dr. Fauci – who Nancy Pelosi praised today as a “truth teller.”
Biden can't continue to have it both ways. Either he should listen to Dr. Fauci or he should stop talking.
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