Trump says Fauci was blocked from coronavirus testimony because of ‘haters’ in the House

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  • President Donald Trump said Dr. Anthony Fauci was blocked from testifying before the House because the Democratic-held chamber is full of “haters” of the president.
  • His comments contradict the White House, which said last week that the key health official testifying would be “counter-productive” as Fauci leads the government coronavirus response.
  • The White House agreed to let Fauci testify before the GOP-controlled Senate.
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Donald Trump speaks as he departs the White House, on May 5, 2020, in Washington, DC en route to Arizona, where he will tour a mask factory and hold a roundtable on Native American issues.
Donald Trump speaks as he departs the White House, on May 5, 2020, in Washington, DC en route to Arizona, where he will tour a mask factory and hold a roundtable on Native American issues.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his administration blocked Dr. Anthony Fauci from testifying in the House because the chamber is full of “Trump haters,” contradicting the White House claim that the key health official is too busy to appear at a hearing on the U.S. coronavirus response.

On Friday, the Trump administration said it barred Fauci from testifying at a Wednesday hearing in the Democratic-held House. At the time, White House spokesman Judd Deere said it would be “counter-productive” for the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to attend because he continues to work on the government pandemic response.

The White House then allowed Fauci to testify at a coronavirus response hearing set for next week in the GOP-controlled Senate. Asked Tuesday why the administration barred him from speaking to the House, Trump responded, “Because the House is a set up.”

“The House is a bunch of Trump haters. They put every Trump hater on the committee, the same old stuff,” the president told reporters before he left Washington to tour a medical mask factory in Arizona.

“They frankly want our situation to be unsuccessful,” he said, appearing to contend without evidence that Democrats want the government pandemic response to fail.

The White House declined to comment on the discrepancy between its explanation and the one Trump offered Tuesday for blocking Fauci’s testimony. But Trump’s comments indicate political considerations drove his administration to stop a critical health official from speaking to Congress about the government’s response to an outbreak that has now infected more than 1.1 million Americans and led to nearly 70,000 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Fauci, who has led NIAID for decades, has offered straightforward updates on the nature of Covid-19 and the government’s efforts to combat it throughout the crisis. He has become a more trusted voice on the outbreak than Trump, who has repeatedly shared misleading or inaccurate information about the disease.

Last month, the president retweeted a call to ”#FireFauci” after the health official said the U.S. “obviously” could have saved more lives if it acted more swiftly to slow the outbreak’s spread.

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