Fauci Says Trump Admin’s ‘Lack of Candor’ Amid Pandemic ‘Very Likely’ Cost Lives

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, is speaking out about the previous administration’s coronavirus pandemic response.

Appearing on CNN’s “New Day” Friday, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said,”There’s no secret. We’ve had a lot of divisiveness, we’ve had facts that were very, very clear, that were questioned. People were not trusting what health officials were saying.”

Fauci was asked if the “lack of candor” or “lack of facts in some cases” from the Trump administration cost lives.

“You know it very likely did,” Fauci responded.

He continued, “You know I don’t want that, John, to be a sound bite but I think if you just look at that you can see that when you’re starting to go down paths that are not based on any science at all…That is not helpful at all, and particularly when you’re in a situation of almost being in a crisis with the number of cases and hospitalizations and deaths that we have.”

Watch Fauci’s interview below:

Fauci also estimated during the “New Day” interview that when the U.S. reaches “somewhere between” 70% to 85% with COVID-19 vaccinations then the nation could reach herd immunity “within a reasonable period of time.”

“Hopefully, that will be as we enter into the fall and end the summer,” he added.

During Thursday’s White House press briefing, Fauci shared “how much different” it feels working under the Biden administration compared to former President Donald Trump’s.

He added, “It was very clear that there were things that were said, be it regarding things like Hydroxychloroquine and other things like that, that really was uncomfortable because they were not based on scientific fact.”

Fauci also said, “The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what the evidence, what the science is and know that’s it, let the science speak, it is somewhat of a liberating feeling.”

Early Thursday, Fauci announced that the U.S. would remain a member of the World Health Organization, reversing Trump’s decision to withdraw, as IJR reported.

“When you’re dealing with a global pandemic, you have to have an international connectivity,” Fauci said on “Good Morning America” Thursday.


  1. Trump’s lack of candor, if you wouldn’t have changed your mind 6 or 7 times maybe he would have had something to work with

  2. Fauci is being nice and diplomatic. I have to give him a lot of credit for having to deal with nutjob Mango!
    I still laugh at the footage of Mango saying “ Maybe I have a natural ability” when visiting the CDC, referencing Covid. “People are really surprised I understand this stuff “. Yep Mango, especially the professor who called him the dumbest student he had. Lol

  3. no wonder he is not in private practice, he can’t be trusted. Wonder how long it will be before he backstabs Joe.

  4. Must be the lack of candor when Trump shut down travel from China in Feb and Biden objected to it. We all know now, why, Sleepy Joe objected because of his ties with China.

  5. So a lack of candor cost lives, not the virus. AFter people were told to wear masks and distance, they still congregated, protested, rioted, spread the virus from state to state. So, what does candor have to do with it? NOTHING!!!

  6. Good grief. He’s like a swinging door. Finally getting a spotlight after 50 years turns him into ….useless.

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