The assert: Anthony Fauci said in 2017 Trump will”no doubt” face infectious disease epidemic during presidency
As COVID-19 case counts and deaths continue to climb from the U.S., critics have accused the Trump government of downplaying the extent of the virus and delaying necessary steps needed to fight the spread.
Even though public health officials warned President Donald Trump early this year about a potential outbreak, social media posts assert Dr. Anthony Fauci sounded the alarm about an infectious disease outbreak years before.
“Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there is’no doubt’ Donald J. Trump will be faced with a surprise infectious disease epidemic during his presidency,” reads a July 10 Facebook post of a screenshot in an report.
Did Fauci really say this?
A Google search of the headline shown that the screenshot of this article is authentic and arrived out of Healio News, a specialty clinical advice site and was, in fact, printed on Jan. 11, 2017.
The article,”Fauci:’No doubt’ Trump will face surprise infectious disease outbreak,” states Fauci’s remarks came during a forum on pandemic preparedness at Georgetown University.