No Fauci for you

How can they do that?

I don’t understand how they have the authority to do that. Fauci is not an employee of Trump’s, and anyway employers don’t generally have the power to control what employees do in their own time, do they? I don’t understand what this “blocked” means.

Axios elaborates:

The White House refused to allow Anthony Fauci or any of the medical experts on the coronavirus task force to appear on ABC’s “This Week,” host Jon Karl said Sunday.

But why is it a matter of the White House “allowing” any medical expert on the task force to go on a news show?

There are lines of work where you’re not allowed to share everything you know – the law, intelligence gathering, research, and so on. Doctors can’t blab patient information, and there’s doubtless a long list of items like that. But this? Just “shut up because you’ll make us look bad”? Is it really that simple? The White House can enforce it?

I suppose it can be just that they say we’ll remove you from the task force if you do, and they don’t want to be removed because they hope to be able to steer Trump in the right direction.

President Trump has previously faced criticism for silencing Fauci, and White House officials have refused to answer basic questions about President Trump’s COVID test results, as it scrambles to respond to an outbreak within its own ranks.

The president is facing a credibility gap on the coronavirus issue. An ABC News/Washington Post poll out Sunday indicates 62% of Americans distrust what Trump says about the coronavirus, and 60% said they don’t trust the administration to provide accurate information about Trump’s health.

Sooooo the way to fix that is to silence Fauci.

They don’t think too good, do they.

“We had hoped to talk to Dr. Fauci about both the outbreak at the White House and across the country,” Karl said at the start of the show.

“He was more than willing to join us, but the White House wouldn’t allow you to hear from the nation’s leading expert on coronavirus.”

“In fact, they wouldn’t allow any of the medical experts on the president’s own coronavirus task force to appear on this show.”

Well, it’s looking as if in three weeks plus a couple of days they’ll be facing the consequences.

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