DONALD Trump was “lucky” to survive the coronavirus given his age and weight, Dr Anthony Fauci said of the former president this week.
The nation’s leading infectious disease expert said of Trump: “He could have gotten into serious trouble. I think he was quite fortunate.”
Dr Anthony Fauci said Trump was ‘lucky’ to have survived the coronavirus at his weight and ageCredit: Reuters
Fauci said Trump’s health was put into question given his weight and age as well as a form of a common heart diseaseCredit: AP:Associated Press
Questions of the former president’s health and weight had remained prominent through his presidency, with some questioning the validity of his doctor’s wellness checks even before he got Covid-19.
When Trump announced by tweet on October 2 that both he and then-First Lady Melania Trump had contracted coronavirus, more questions began swirling around his health and his weight.
A physical claimed he weighed 244 pounds and stands at 6’3″, causing many of his critics to call him obese.
Trump weighs 244 pounds and stands at 6’3″, a physician’s report claimedCredit: AFP or licensors
A February 2018 White House physician’s report also mentioned Trump had a common form of heart disease.
Not being fully transparent with the public, it was and still is not fully known when exactly he and the first lady contracted the virus, so when they announced, sleuths quickly began searching for his health conditions and where he may have contracted the virus.
Trump’s animosity towards Fauci was put on world display during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic under Trump’s presidency, with Trump sometimes forcing Fauci to take a backseat to his medicinal advice of the day.
Fauci said he is much more fond of the transparent approach the Biden administration is taking with him to stop the pandemicCredit: Reuters
Fauci told The Telegraph he now holds a more transparent and communicative level of support with the current Biden administration, saying he talks frequently to the new president and White House Covid-19 task force.
Fauci returned to press conferences once again, and said he supports President Joe Biden’s plans to stop the pandemic.
The infectious disease expert recalled being astounded after Biden said they would take a hard scientific look at their fight against the pandemic.
“We’re going to let science rule. We’re going to go by the data, the evidence and the science,” Fauci recalled Biden saying.
“We’re going to make some mistakes, and when we do we’re not going to blame anybody.”
“We’re just going to fix it,” Fauci said. “That was to me like, ‘Oh my goodness!'”