Donald Trump: Says Dr. Anthony Fauci said of Trump’s pandemic response, “I can’t imagine that … anybody could be doing more.”
PolitiFact’s ruling: Mostly False
Here’s why: A new campaign ad from President Donald Trump uses an out-of-context quote from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, to tout Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 214,000 Americans.
“President Trump tackled the virus head-on, as leaders should,” the narrator of the ad says, before panning to Fauci to hammer home the point.
“I can’t imagine that … anybody could be doing more,” Fauci is shown saying.
The comment from Fauci was in reference to the White House coronavirus task force and the broader government response, not to Trump. It’s also almost seven months old. In a statement to CNN, Fauci said he felt his words were taken out of context.
The 30-second spot, titled