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Fauci made a private dig at Biden for hosting the no-mask correspondents’ dinner pandemic is over


Dr Anthony Fauci slammed the decision to hold the White House Correspondents’ maskless dinner last week, fearing that Americans will see it as a sure sign that the pandemic is over and Covid is no longer a threat serious.

The nation’s top infectious disease doctor shared his frustrations in a phone call with public health experts earlier this week, saying he was ‘angry’, stressing he was worried people would lose sight of the protection of those who are still most vulnerable in relation to Covid.

Fauci then used the WHCA dinner, attended by President Joe Biden, as a prime example.

Thousands of guests, including dozens of other administration officials, all attended the event, which was held in the ballroom of the Washington Hilton.

Yet hours earlier, Fauci had been spotted getting close to CNN host Don Lennon during a White House Correspondents’ Dinner pre-party without a mask in sight.

Hours before the White House Correspondents Dinner, Dr. Anthony Fauci was spotted getting close to CNN host Don Lennon during a pre-party with no mask in sight.

Fauci made a private dig at Biden for hosting the no-mask correspondents’ dinner pandemic is over

Former Donald Trump political adviser Sean Spicer took to Twitter on Sunday to share a photo of Biden’s top medical adviser posing with Lemon and his partner, realtor Tim Malone, at the 27th annual Garden Brunch of the White House Correspondents Weekend on Saturday.

“Fauci backed out of attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner due to ‘individual assessment of my personal risk’. …..so he just went to the [crowded] #WHCD pre-parties,’ Donald Trump’s former political adviser Sean Spice captioned the photo.

The photo was taken Saturday at the 27th annual White House Correspondents’ Weekend Garden Brunch, which was also attended by political and television figures such as CBS News anchor Gayle King, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

Fauci’s attendance at the indoor-outdoor pre-party surprised many after the 81-year-old told ABC News, the news agency that had invited him to the WHCD, that he would not be attending. the event of 2,600 people due to its own assessment. personal risk.

Fauci made a private dig at Biden for hosting the no-mask correspondents’ dinner pandemic is over

The Biden administration was hosting off-the-record calls in which groups of prominent health experts and commentators give updates on the Covid response. Biden is pictured speaking at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner last Saturday

Fauci made a private dig at Biden for hosting the no-mask correspondents’ dinner pandemic is over

Thousands of guests mingled at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in Washington last Saturday night

During the off-the-record call, which was overheard by at least four other people and reported to Politico, Fauci wondered aloud why so many people felt comfortable gathering without masks indoors. as a new wave of Covid cases continues to rise.

Fauci, who did not attend the main dinner out of concern for his own health, did not directly criticize Biden or the other officials, but rather the points were raised during his call to health experts to point out that the fight to control the fight against the pandemic is always continuous.

But Fauci’s assessment stands in direct contrast to the far more relaxed approach of the White House and Covid-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha, who was both at dinner and on Fauci’s phone.

Jha had no comment in response to Fauci’s remarks.

“I don’t think events like this should be canceled,” Jha told Fox News. “I think if people put good safeguards in place they can make it considerably safer, make sure people are vaccinated, make sure you have tests, improve ventilation. These are strategies that we have learned over the past two years.

Fauci made a private dig at Biden for hosting the no-mask correspondents’ dinner pandemic is over

A spokesman who was aware of Fauci’s remarks said the doctor was not directly criticizing the holding of the press dinner but a broader concern that the country must continue to fight Covid and protect the vulnerable.

The call was part of the Biden administration’s off-the-record calls in which panels of prominent health experts and commentators give updates on the Covid response.

In the days leading up to the dinner, Fauci told PBS NewsHour that the country was ‘out of the pandemic phase’, but later backtracked on his comments to clarify that the country was not completely out of the pandemic.

“We are definitely in this country right now out of the pandemic phase,” he said.

“Namely, we don’t have 900,000 new infections a day and tens and tens and tens of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. We are at a low level right now.

Fauci later claimed that his remarks were misinterpreted. He clarified that the COVID threat to the United States was not as “acute and accelerated” as it was at the start of the pandemic and that the country had reached a new “slowed and controlled” phase of the pandemic in recent months.

“That doesn’t mean we’re off the hook,” he said Wednesday, adding that the number of COVID-positive cases was starting to “rise” again.

Fauci made a private dig at Biden for hosting the no-mask correspondents’ dinner pandemic is over

Fauci’s assessment stands in direct contrast to the far more relaxed approach of the White House and Covid-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha, pictured, who was both at dinner and Fauci’s phone call .

Fauci made a private dig at Biden for hosting the no-mask correspondents’ dinner pandemic is over

Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, applauds alongside First Lady Jill Biden at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner

Fauci made a private dig at Biden for hosting the no-mask correspondents’ dinner pandemic is over

Since dinner, several of those who attended have tested positive for Covid, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, but it is unclear whether he became infected at the event.

The White House also played down concerns about attendance at the 2,500-person gathering, pointing to the wide availability of vaccines and treatments that are now on the market to prevent severe cases.

The White House Correspondents Association required all attendees to be vaccinated and show proof of a negative test.

Since dinner, several of those who attended have tested positive for Covid, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, but it is unclear whether he became infected at the event.

WHCA President Steven Portnoy said the organization “has implemented protocols that go above and beyond any guidelines or regulations issued by the [Centers for Disease Control] or the DC Health Department.

In April, the average daily number of new infections doubled since the beginning of the month and hospitalizations are also increasing as more Omicron subvariants spread.

The virus has scrambled messages from the White House which is keen to move beyond the public health crisis and is now turning to disease management.

Fauci made a private dig at Biden for hosting the no-mask correspondents’ dinner pandemic is over

NBC News reporter Katy Tur mingles over dinner last weekend

Fauci made a private dig at Biden for hosting the no-mask correspondents’ dinner pandemic is over

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Fauci made a private dig at Biden for hosting the no-mask correspondents’ dinner pandemic is over

Fauci made a private dig at Biden for hosting the no-mask correspondents’ dinner pandemic is over

Fauci made a private dig at Biden for hosting the no-mask correspondents’ dinner pandemic is over

Fauci made a private dig at Biden for hosting the no-mask correspondents’ dinner pandemic is over

Fauci made a private dig at Biden for hosting the no-mask correspondents’ dinner pandemic is over

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