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Dr. Fauci to Fox News: ‘I Don’t Recall’ Saying Trump’s Leadership Is ‘Rudderless’

Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci danced around bombshell revelations in legendary journalist Bob Woodward’s upcoming book, claiming on Wednesday that he doesn’t “recall” saying that President Donald Trump’s leadership is “rudderless” and the president’s attention span is a “minus number.”

In a series of interviews that were taped by Woodward, the president acknowledged in early February that the coronavirus was deadly and airborne, despite publicly downplaying the virus at the time. Over a month later, after belatedly declaring a national emergency, Trump admitted to Woodward that he “wanted to always play it down” and that he still likes “playing it down.”

Woodward also reported in his book that Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, had some harsh criticisms of the president. Besides calling Trump’s leadership “rudderless,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases also reportedly said the president’s “cole purpose is to get reelected.”

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