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Fauci on Trump: “I Can’t Jump In Front of the Microphone and Push Him Down”

This is a time of fear and uncertainty for Americans. Donald Trump’s daily press briefings have done little to alleviate the worries of many of them. Dr. Anthony Fauci, though, has provided clear and reasoned information every time he’s appeared on the stage.

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And sometimes Fauci disagrees with the things Trump is saying from the podium. The Doctor had a viral moment days ago when he was seen putting his hand over his face after the President uttered the words “Deep State Department.” Fauci was asked about this moment and others in a Science Magazine interview where he also said there’s little he could do to combat Trump’s false comments.

When asked about Trump’s propensity to shake hands despite warnings not to to do, the Doctor said, “I keep saying, is there any way we can get a virtual press conference. Thus far, no. But when you’re dealing with the White House, sometimes you have to say things 1,2,3,4 times, and then it happens. So I’m going to keep pushing.”

He was also asked about moments when the President gives false information. “The next time they [Trump advisers] sit down with him and talk about what he’s going to say, they will say, by the way, Mr. President, be careful about this and don’t say that,” said Fauci. “But I can’t jump in front of the microphone and push him down. OK, he said it. Let’s try and get it corrected for the next time.”

You can read the interview in its entirety here