"I would make a statement that was a pessimistic viewpoint about what direction we were going, and the president would call me up and say, 'Hey, why aren't you more positive?'" the doctor recalled.
"I saw the president presenting graphs that I never made... Someone inside was creating a parallel set of data and graphics that were shown to the president," the former coordinator of the Trump administration's coronavirus task force said.
"Instead of pointing fingers and making blame, we're going to try and fix it," the nation's top infectious disease expert said.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the former coordinator of the Trump administration's coronavirus task force, said she was blocked from doing interviews on national media ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
"What we're inheriting from the Trump administration is so much worse than we could have imagined," said Jeff Zients, a member of President Joe Biden's COVID advisory board.
Now that there's a new administration in town, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he feels free to "let the science speak."
President Biden rescinded Trump's withdrawal from the World Health Organization, and Dr. Anthony Fauci said the U.S. would resume its funding.
"If we can get the overwhelming majority of the population vaccinated, we'd be in very good shape," Fauci said.
As the U.S. struggles to contain the virus, a new, more infectious U.K. variant is now in eight states, and another from South Africa is believed to be spreading undetected.
Fauci's comments come as the U.S. reported more than 4,000 COVID-19 deaths on Thursday—a new daily record for the pandemic.
America's top infectious disease specialist and incoming chief medical advisor to the Biden administration made the assertion as the U.S. struggles with vaccine roll-out setbacks.
The new, more infectious variant has been detected in California, Florida, New York, and Georgia. Fauci told Newsweek he would be "very surprised" if it was not in "several more states."
America's top infectious disease expert told Newsweek that although the 501.V2 virus has not yet been detected, "sooner or later it will get here."
Moncef Slaoui, the chief adviser to Operation Warp Speed, called the 20 million goal "ambitious" and encouraged states to make specific requests for vaccination distribution.
"We are not where we want to be, there's no doubt about that," Fauci said.
Earlier, the sitting president blamed the CDC's coronavirus reporting methods, claiming infection and death statistics are "far exaggerated."
America's top infectious disease expert tells Newsweek it has yet to be determined whether those vaccinated against COVID-19 can still pass the virus onto others.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer described the after-hours operation of the Eastend Bar as a "blatant disregard of the local and state health orders."
"I'm hoping she doesn't have to spend New Year's in a hallway because the beds are full. What you do matters, even beyond COVID...," U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Thursday.
America's top infectious diseases expert tells Newsweek: "We can end this outbreak…we know what the end game is, we've just got to implement it."
America's leading infectious diseases expert tells Newsweek it is crucial to "get the overwhelming majority" vaccinated or the country could be left in a "chronic state of a lower level of infection."
Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Tuesday that the surging COVID-19 pandemic is "going to get worse," while assistance from those who refuse to follow public health guidelines "could make January even worse than December."
"I would not be surprised if there was a COVID-19 mutation in the U.S. on a lower level," Dr. Anthony Fauci tells Newsweek.
In a Sunday tweet, the GOP lawmaker said the infectious disease expert is part of a conspiracy trying to deceive Americans.
The leading health expert attributed the anticipated spike to group gatherings and increased travel during the holiday season on Sunday.
"We really don't know what the real number is. I think the real range is somewhere between 70 to 90 percent," the infectious diseases expert told The New York Times.
The immunologist was recently surprised by folks outside of his workplace, bearing warm wishes and birthday signs.
An additional three million more people passed through security checkpoints over the weekend leading up to Christmas, even as public health experts warn traveling could exacerbate COVID outbreaks in the country.
December 24, 2020 was declared "Anthony S. Fauci Day" by Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, in honor of the immunologist.
Fox News anchor made fun of Washington, DC mayor honoring the country's top infectious diseases expert on his birthday, Christmas Eve.