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Trump calls Fauci remarks on risks to reopening schools, economy unacceptable

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© Reuters. U.S. President Donald Trump holds coronavirus response meeting with governors at the White House in Washington

By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday described as not acceptable a warning given by top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci this week about the dangers of reopening the economy and schools too quickly.

"To me it's not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools," Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about Fauci's warnings to senators on Tuesday about the risks of reopening the schools and economy too soon.

Fauci, who directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, also warned that a premature lifting of lockdowns could lead to additional outbreaks of the deadly coronavirus, which has killed more than 82,000 people in the United States and brought the economy to its knees.

Trump, in contrast, said on Wednesday the only thing that would be acceptable would be professors or teachers "over a certain age" not holding classes. "I think they ought to take it easy for another few weeks," he added.

The president, who previously made the strength of the economy central to his pitch for re-election in November, has encouraged states to reopen businesses and schools that were shuttered to halt the spread of the highly contagious respiratory disease.

Fauci, 79, a proponent of the lockdowns, has become a target for criticism from the American far right and online conspiracy theorists since he made statements about the outbreak that were at odds with Trump's.

In April, Trump retweeted a call to fire Fauci, after the doctor said lives could have been saved if the country had shut down sooner, spurring speculation his days in the administration could be numbered.

"Anthony is a good person, a very good person, I’ve disagreed with him," Trump said in an interview earlier on Wednesday with Fox Business Network's "Mornings with Maria," repeating his refrain that the country must reopen.

"We want to do it safely, but we also want to do it as quickly as possible. ... We have to get it open. I totally disagree with him on schools," Trump said.

Asked about Trump’s comments, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN that Fauci was “sounding an honest voice of caution and I share his view.”

“I think we have to be very careful about the steps we take."

Trump calls Fauci remarks on risks to reopening schools, economy unacceptable
 

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hero cg
hero cg May 15, 2020 12:16PM ET
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it's the price we all are paying for not taking care of ourselves. we eat all the food and expect our immune to be too notch...yeah why not? laws of thermodynamics what you put in your body has to turn into something good or bad.
Jim Jones
Jim Jones May 14, 2020 6:14AM ET
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I agree with Trump. It's not worth the old people's lives to ******the economy. It's actually a double win, stimulus and less social security payments. Thank you Dear Leader trump.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 14, 2020 6:14AM ET
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yeah, it's easy talking about other people taking the risk, you see how he freaked out when he found out some of the WH staffs got the virus?  he is even making his VP to stay away ....
Matthew Chow
Matthew Chow May 14, 2020 6:14AM ET
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you're an animal.
Richard Smith
Richard Smith May 14, 2020 6:00AM ET
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We should protect the vulerable and open up the ecomony. The lockdown is not a sustainable strategy and punishes people who lose, jobs cant pay bills, buy food, take care of kids, etc. What nobody is talking about are the other health risks this is causing. This isn’t going away and we need a better strategy for dealing with it. This was recognized in sweden.
James Holmgren
James Holmgren May 14, 2020 6:00AM ET
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Too many are ignorant of size of this title wave of disaster that's about to destroy our economy regardless of what we do. Far too many just don't get it. This is the worst pandemic ever and a vaccine, if ever found, will not completely eliminate it.
nomekopp coiny
nomekopp coiny May 14, 2020 4:24AM ET
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Well... Go ahead and open we'll wait and see what will happen. Nobody know maybe nothing will happen
Alejandro Pieroni
Alejandro Pieroni May 14, 2020 4:24AM ET
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It will create a 2nd wave of infected people , whats wrong with you people?
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun May 13, 2020 11:16PM ET
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Hopefully this virus mutates into something less potent for people w chronic disease. If it does, then we will forget just like the spanish or hong kong flu. They are just ‘flu’.
Alejandro Pieroni
Alejandro Pieroni May 13, 2020 11:16PM ET
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This is not a Flu, please inform yourself, oh wait, you are an American aka symbol of ignorance
Randall Wagner
Randall Wagner May 13, 2020 10:55PM ET
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Trump has always been proven right so far. He's relying on an scientifically approved system and has to rely on the health experts. But they don't always agree and like like other aspects of like there are no guarantees. Like Dr Phil says no matter how flat you make a pancake there are still two sides. I'm on Trump's side 100%
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Kwong To
Kwong To May 13, 2020 10:55PM ET
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Yeah.. He a genius, a real genius. But....
Rick Lai
Rick Lai May 13, 2020 10:55PM ET
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you trust because you earn from Fed manipulation, but health is an important issue, you have to care yourself and your family. If reopen unsafely, big big problem will be occurred and eventually take back what you earned in these two months.
Adrian White
Adrian White May 13, 2020 10:55PM ET
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Randall, how can u say Trump has always been proven right so far? He's been proven wrong on so many things. Saying it would all magically go away in April. Saying in February that it was totally under control and would soon be zero cases. Saying last month that the tests were all "perfect" and that anybody who wanted one could get one. Saying that the anti-malaria drug could be "like a miracle cure from heaven". I could go on but I think I made my point.
Duncan Crawford
Duncan Crawford May 13, 2020 10:55PM ET
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Trump has been wrong ALL the time. Stop reading comics
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 13, 2020 10:55PM ET
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"Like Dr Phil says....." -  this made me spit out my coffee I am laughing so hard, thanks
Jean Racine
Jean Racine May 13, 2020 10:28PM ET
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It makes sense. If I wear a mask my spit will not fall on your face when  am speaking to you. And if I wash my hands after every time I've been in the public will prevent me taking and passing the virus. But people don't care; that's why it has to be forced by law like we are forced to wear seat belt in our own car.
Nano Loves
Nano Loves May 13, 2020 10:28PM ET
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May God have mercy on your soul
Donn Krogness
Donn Krogness May 13, 2020 10:10PM ET
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Reuters is as fake as CNN. Not far right, just people with a brain want things to open up. There is no magic bullet, just wash your hands and distance, it's all we will get this year.
Giang Geringer
Giang Geringer May 13, 2020 10:10PM ET
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Keep saying that until one of your family members die, your eyes will be opened then.
Yiehnew Tamiru
Yiehnew Tamiru May 13, 2020 10:10PM ET
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This aint our first disease wont be our last i understand sguting diwn ti helo hospitals get ready but when is enough??? Since we are soeaking of deaths hiwbmany deaths will happen around the world if we go tru a depression? There are not good choices here
Nano Loves
Nano Loves May 13, 2020 10:10PM ET
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Giang Geringer overdoses are up, suicides are up, other medical deaths are uo due to non treatment. And rhe authors of this article act as if its a selfish act by trunp to push for the restoration of american freedom and prosperity.
Haresh Chandwani
Haresh Chandwani May 13, 2020 9:25PM ET
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Haha, trump himself imported the corona virus with 200 bn china trade deal..Now that he is facing consequences, wants to blame everyone else for his mistakes!
Ludovic Raymond
Ludovic Raymond May 13, 2020 9:25PM ET
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Never heard that one
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun May 13, 2020 9:16PM ET
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Lets open, everybody wears masks, social distance and prepare for winter. Summer slows this virus down. Do u see any one with cold or flu in summer?
maga king
maga king May 13, 2020 9:16PM ET
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i don't see anyone wearing masks. no one has the right to force me to. this is a tyranny!
Thom Miller
Thom Miller May 13, 2020 9:16PM ET
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maga king Yep. Like it or leave it, Buddy. Move to China you don’t like it here.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun May 13, 2020 9:16PM ET
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maga king assume u have the virus, wear one to protect others. It is not tyrany. It is how u treat others.
Adrian White
Adrian White May 13, 2020 9:16PM ET
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Maga king, nobody is "forcing" you to wear a mask. It's just the respectful thing to do, like covering your mouth when your sneeze or cough around other people. No "tyranny" in that request.
Randy Koehler
Randy Koehler May 13, 2020 9:16PM ET
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maga king you're obviously living in your basement bc every store employee I've seen is wearing one
Ludovic Raymond
Ludovic Raymond May 13, 2020 8:51PM ET
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Pretty bad today in the office for Donald today; Fauci, Powell, tomorrow another job report.. My fear is that he will start firing people again
Giang Geringer
Giang Geringer May 13, 2020 8:51PM ET
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Lol! You know him so well!
Jozef Drozd
Jozef Drozd May 13, 2020 8:37PM ET
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Almost 3 millions Americans die every year from various diseases ! Lock down the country why not ?
Adrian White
Adrian White May 13, 2020 8:37PM ET
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Jeff, heart disease, cancer, diabetes - none of them are contagious. Contagion is the reason for the lock down and social distancing. Is that so hard to understand?
Adrian White
Adrian White May 13, 2020 8:37PM ET
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(I meant Jozef, sorry)
Matthew Carter
Matthew Carter May 13, 2020 8:31PM ET
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The amount of puppets parading for Fauci on here is disturbing. Everyone just loves and praises the guy like he can do no wrong. As long as the media protects him then I guess all the puppets wont see the truth. The powers that be are doing a ****good job with controlling the narrative.
Thom Miller
Thom Miller May 13, 2020 8:31PM ET
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Funny, Matt. Fauci has been absolutely revered for his entire 30+ year career, and certainly for the past few months. Everyone in this country (and the world) hung onto his every word regarding the virus. Until, that is, Dr Donny came to the realization that when you tell people to inject themselves with disinfectant and put a flashlight up their kazoo, whatever is left of your credibility gets totally flushed down the toilet. Today’s poll shows that Americans trust Dr Fauci 2 to 1 over Dr Donny. So, Matt, please show us you really mean what you say here and do us all a favor — inject yourself with Lysol to put yourself out of your apparent misery. And take Mr Gitt with you.
Jozef Drozd
Jozef Drozd May 13, 2020 8:31PM ET
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fauci should be out immediately .
brett fry
brett fry May 13, 2020 8:31PM ET
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If we were to follow the lead of you and the other uneducated know it alls many more of us would be dead. Is that the ‘truth’ you’re hoping for?
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 13, 2020 8:31PM ET
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Thom Miller  I am surprised that 30% of americans still trust Trump over Fauci, but then again, it's the same 30% of americans who love Trump no matter what he says or do, so on second thought, maybe I am not surprised.....
Terry Dude
Terry Dude May 13, 2020 8:29PM ET
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fauci is a coward... simple
Adrian White
Adrian White May 13, 2020 8:29PM ET
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On what grounds is he a coward? Please explain why you think so.
Jason Zou
Jason Zou May 13, 2020 7:33PM ET
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Grumpy Donald is unhappy everyday now. Why? Sigh.
Nicholas Yap
Nicholas Yap May 13, 2020 7:33PM ET
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Please dun ask me, ask China... An answer from Donald Trump
Jerry Chinweze
Jerry Chinweze May 13, 2020 7:19PM ET
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We are not gonna see any more spike. People are more aware of the rona’s presence.
Fei Liu
Fei Liu May 13, 2020 7:05PM ET
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It is not just about the old teachers. It is about the students and the infected students will infect the parents and grand parents.
Donald McArthur
Donald McArthur May 13, 2020 7:05PM ET
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Infect with which of 200 possible illnesses? So NEVER go to school or work or travel, etc, etc till a Democrat is president?
cute doggo
cute doggo May 13, 2020 7:05PM ET
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Or just go. Who the ******cares about some Boomers' lives anyways. We can save on social security costs.
Ah Chew
Ah Chew May 13, 2020 7:05PM ET
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Donald McArthur  Not sure what is being done in USA but over here all students attend their classes thru web conference meeting. Parents are helping their kids to get used to the new way of learning. We have to accept that things change and now we are exactly in this era. The way we learn, work, live and socialize have changed, u need to accept and move on!!
Ludovic Raymond
Ludovic Raymond May 13, 2020 7:05PM ET
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Donald McArthur this us not about republican or denocratic president? Its about having a comprehensive, reasonable plan to protect American citizens. As opposed to blaming everyone around and pretending everything is fine and people are safe to go back to the ‘old normal’
Taylor Huddlestun
Taylor Huddlestun May 13, 2020 6:50PM ET
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This virus is not going away. Mankind (or humanity for all you offended ppl out there) will learn to live with it just like we have lived with many others. Society cannot stay shut down because of it.
Thom Miller
Thom Miller May 13, 2020 6:47PM ET
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Trump: OK, Mike, it’s time to check out the tote board again. How many Americans have lost their lives to the virus? Drum roll please.......83,715! Oh come on, Mike. Is that all? We can do better than that!
Thom Miller
Thom Miller May 13, 2020 6:43PM ET
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I have it directly from a West Winger that the real reason Dr Donny doesn’t want to wear a mask is because he’s afraid the fake orange tan on his face will rub off on it.
Matthew Carter
Matthew Carter May 13, 2020 6:43PM ET
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Dont be a sheep. Fauci is as corrupt as they come. he has ties with China, WHO, Bill Gates, big pharma, the list goes on. He cares about power and profits. A review of his history would proof just how crazy he is, yet you focus on politcal parties and narratives. sounds like the wolf in sheeps clothing is doing a pretty good job keeping his flock in line. keep drinking the koolaid.
Jozef Drozd
Jozef Drozd May 13, 2020 6:43PM ET
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Thom Miller
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Matthew Carter Now you’re attacking the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation? Wow! May you get the virus tomorrow....
brett fry
brett fry May 13, 2020 6:43PM ET
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Matthew Carter says he who doeant believe the MSM but believes every youtuber with a tinfoil hat living in their parents basement with no job or education.
Mart Bab
Rubberduck1973 May 13, 2020 6:37PM ET
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How is this economic news and if not, why give the orange ape airtime to say oe oe oe
SIMON MOON
SIMON MOON May 13, 2020 6:23PM ET
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there is no conspiracy theory. its a fact that Fauci is lying and stands to gain with a vaccine
Matthew Carter
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unless your a sheep drinking the Gates/Fauci koolaid. the ignorance and this diehard reliance on a media funded by big pharma to tell the truth is incredible.
Pat Mathieu
Pat Mathieu May 13, 2020 6:17PM ET
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The only value of this non story is to expose the shallowness of those who choose to put it as a "breaking news".
Joe Joe
Joe Joe May 13, 2020 6:07PM ET
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Trump - 'What? 85,000.. This wont do it, I am going to make historic deal with corona and its going to be big, super big'
Thom Miller
Thom Miller May 13, 2020 6:07PM ET
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And beautiful!
Adrian White
Adrian White May 13, 2020 6:07PM ET
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"And perfect! (just like my perfect call)!"
Jan Buyle
Jan Buyle May 13, 2020 6:05PM ET
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When became the US that stupid to have ever elected a President with the brain of a mouse?
 
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