Fauci 'absolutely not' surprised that Trump got COVID-19 at 'super-spreader event'

Stephen Proctor
·1 min read

Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on Sunday’s 60 Minutes and addressed President Trump’s recent contraction of COVID-19. Dozens of administration officials have also tested positive for COVID-19, many of whom attended the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court at an event in the White House Rose Garden just days before Trump’s positive test. Fauci said he knew the event was bad news as soon as he saw it.

“Were you surprised that President Trump got sick?” Fauci was asked. “Absolutely not,” he responded. “I was worried that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded, no separation between people and almost nobody wearing a mask. When I saw that on TV I said, ‘Oh my goodness. Nothing good could come out of that. That’s got to be a problem.’ And then sure enough it turned out to be a super-spreader event.”

Fauci also contradicted Trump’s repeated claim that the U.S. is “rounding the corner” in the fight against COVID-19.

“When you have a million deaths and over 30 million infections globally, you cannot say that we’re on the road to essentially getting out of this,” Fauci said. “So quite frankly, I don’t know where we are. It’s impossible to say.”

60 Minutes airs Sundays at 7 p.m. on CBS.

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