The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases admitted the tricky balance between undermining Donald Trump and telling the American people the truth about coronavirus.
Anthony Fauci, who has served for 35 years at the National Institute of Health as an infectious disease expert expressed he doesn't want any disinformation to leak out as his agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention race to contain the outbreak.
'You should never destroy your own credibility,' the immunologist told Politico in an interview Friday, which was published Tuesday. 'And you don't want to go to war with a president.'
'But you got to walk the fine balance of making sure you continue to tell the truth,' Fauci, who served in his role under six presidents, continued, adding he will remain frank 'even if it's uncomfortable.'
Top expert on infectious diseases at the National Institute of Health Anthony Fauci, 79, admitted it's a hard balancing act to tell the truth and please Donald Trump
'You should never destroy your own credibility,' the immunologist said in an interview Friday, which was published Tuesday. 'And you don't want to go to war with a president. But you got to walk the fine balance of making sure you continue to tell the truth'
During a press conference on coronavirus Saturday, Fauci expressed a more worried outlook on coronavirus as Trump and his administration attempted to downplay the outbreak
When asked what the truth is about coronavirus that needs to be shared, Fauci, 79, said, despite the president's attempt to downplay the outbreak, that it is going to be 'bad.'
'I don't think that we are going to get out of this completely unscathed,' he responded. 'I think that this is going to be one of those things we look back on and say boy, that was bad.'
The CDC warned last week that an outbreak in the U.S. was essentially inevitable, and this week six deaths have been reported after individuals in Washington state contracted the virus.
Trump has made several strides to try and ease any potential panic related to the outbreak, including creating a Coronavirus Task Force, which he appointed Vice President Mike Pence to lead, and holding several open-press briefings and meetings on the matter.
The president will visit the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland Tuesday afternoon as the death toll in the U.S. continues to rise and Fauci warns that the spread has reached 'pandemic proportions.'
Trump will also make a trip to the CDC this week.
Trump will visit the National Institute of Health Tuesday afternoon and later in the week is reported to be making a trip to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia