Dr. Fauci socially distanced on the grounds here at the White House. pic.twitter.com/4N4xNoIZFj— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) April 5, 2020
As usual, I cut off the day's report on the day's debacle too soon:
.@peterbakernyt and I reported on Friday that the president’s frustrations with Fauci now center around his concerns that the untested chloroquines shouldn’t be treated as a miracle therapy for COVID. https://t.co/HDHKutFdKM— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 5, 2020
You'll need that background.
“You know the expression...what really do we have to lose?” The president says. “We don’t have time to see gee let’s take a couple of years and test it out.”— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 5, 2020
When the president is pressed about chloroquines and why he’s pushing them it tends to devolve into him calling the question fake news.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 5, 2020
Heads up, here it comes!
Fauci now getting asked about his view about chloroquines. Trump interjects, tells @JDiamond1 he’s asked that question “fifteen times” already. Fauci - who disagrees with the president - doesn’t get to answer.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 6, 2020
This was a key moment.@JDiamond1 asked the lead scientist on the WH coronavirus task force, Dr. Fauci, to weigh in on the president repeatedly telling people to take hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus & Trump lashed out at Jeremy & said Dr. Fauci doesn't have to answer that Q. https://t.co/Q9smR8OGfn— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) April 6, 2020
Trump didn’t let Fauci, who has argued against embrace of experimental drugs internally, answer question at the podium tonight about them. GIULIANI and others have been lobbying president on them and telling POTUS that Fauci is too academic & shortsighted. https://t.co/UzpTuSusLf— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) April 6, 2020
President Trump: "Did anybody in this room think a thing like this could happen?"— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) April 6, 2020
Context: Health officials been warning about the next pandemic for years and criticized the Trump administration’s decision in 2018 to dismantle a NSC pandemic directorate.https://t.co/NAYczqccQw
A detailed account of what government officials should have known and done in early stages of the pandemic. Due to failure to pay attention, tens of thousands will die, hundreds of thousands will spend terrifying weeks behind sick, and the economy will crater, hurting millions. https://t.co/aB0hwEwrYK— Stephen Soldz (@ethicalpsycholo) April 5, 2020
ok well there’s that https://t.co/8ZfOMPXdJq— George Conway (@gtconway3d) April 6, 2020
That sound you hear? It's hope, slipping out the back door.At least 50 times readers have told me that reporters should direct questions only to the experts. That would neutralize Trump, they said. What's your hypothesis about how he'd react? I would say. My view: The briefing cannot be saved. It's not the questions. It's him. https://t.co/H4U7YGlfUa— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) April 6, 2020