Well, this was interesting.
During an interview, Megyn Kelly launched rigorous questioning of former President Donald Trump over his administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with particular emphasis on his endorsement of Dr. Anthony Fauci.
During her SiriusXM program conversation with Trump, Kelly raised the topic of his previous statements regarding his decision not to dismiss Dr. Fauci during his tenure as the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
During the exchange, President Trump challenged that by saying “I didn’t listen to him too much.”
However, Kelly proceeded to assert that “not only did you not fire Fauci, who is loathed by many — millions of Republicans in particular, but also some Democrats — You made him a star.”
Kelly expressed her dissatisfaction by stating “This is the criticism of you, that you made him the face of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. That he was out at every presser, that he was running heard for the administration on Covid, and that you actually gave him a presidential commendation before you left office. Wouldn’t you like a do-over on that?”
President Trump refuted any knowledge regarding a presidential commendation bestowed upon Dr. Fauci, asserting “I wouldn’t have done it.”
Trump went on:
“I overrode many of the things he did. He was much less important to me. Now, with that all being said, he’s been there for years. He was respected. He lost a lot of the respect because of Covid. But he was respected. And on Covid, if you know what I did, I let the governors run their states and many of the governors opened up their states. Some of them didn’t.”
Kelly has already shown her strong disapproval of Fauci, so she persistently questioned Trump on his decision not to dismiss Fauci. She inquired, “Wouldn’t you like to go back and try to clip his wings? This guy was pushing mask mandates on us. He wanted the most extreme measure at every turn.”
TRUMP: Okay, look, I’m not one that blames a system that if you’re civil service or if you have some other protection, that you can’t get fired because I’ve done things that are a lot worse than that.
KELLY: You’re big on the firing.
TRUMP: So, so yeah, I fired a lot of people. I fired Comey and that was one of the great firings. I fired Comey and then I fired a lot of other people in the FBI, and they were great firings because the deep state, and they were at work and they were not good people. But I wasn’t, I was not a big fan of Fauci. If you look at Ron DeSanctimonious, he was, this guy said the greatest things. I can give you articles. That Fauci is great. He’s wonderful. We love him. We don’t do anything without Fauci. This went on for months.
KELLY: But he didn’t listen to Fauci.
TRUMP: He did a hundred percent. Look –
KELLY: He shut down Florida for a month.
TRUMP: I will give you, he shut down Florida –
KELLY: For a month.
TRUMP: Oh, he shut it down for a lot of longer.
According to Trump, he caused a prolonged shutdown.
As President Trump persistently criticized Governor Ron DeSantis for his handling of the Covid-19 situation, Kelly redirected the discussion into a more focused examination of Operation Warp Speed and the advancements made in the creation of Covid-19 vaccines.
“They were rushed through. They have helped, but also hurt a lot of people, And your White House actually supported mask mandates,” Kelly accused. “So wouldn’t you like a do-over on any of that?”
Look, when this came in, nobody knew what the hell it was. It sounded like an ancient, you know, ‘a pandemic.’ You thought that was from 200 years ago or from 1917, we never thought you’d have a pandemic. Nobody had any idea. We got word that bad things were happening in China, right around the Wuhan clinic. And I was the one that said it was in the Wuhan clinic. And, you know, I stuck with it. And it was, it was absolutely, it came out of the Wuhan clinic. But you take a look. And what we did was, this was brand new. Nobody knew what the hell it was. There’s dust. Somebody said there’s dust coming in from China and it’s killing people in Italy and it’s killing people in France and it’s going to kill people here. And by the way, I shut it down to China.
That was a big move. I saved thousands, hundreds of thousands of lives by doing it. But honestly, nobody, I don’t blame a lot of people because nobody knew what it was. Now we do understand it somewhat. Nobody really understands it, even now, fully. But nobody knew what Covid was.
During the discourse, Trump digressed about the vax and government overreach, prompting Kelly to interject, stating, “I’m not somebody who denies some of the good that the vaccines did. I lived through that, too. But of course, a lot of people have been vaccine-injured. And that’s one of the questions. Those people are mad that they were rushed through and that they can’t sue.”
Trump responded by expressing satisfaction with his personal performance in addressing the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, while expressing discontentment at the same time, saying “I never got the credit I deserve on Covid.”
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