Jul 17, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Zuckerberg says Trump administration's coronavirus response has been "really disappointing"

Fauci and Zuekerberg

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, during an hourlong online conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday, criticized the Trump administration's coronavirus response and called for "a reset."

What he's saying: "[I]t's really disappointing that we still don't have adequate testing, that the credibility of our top scientists like yourself and the CDC are being undermined — and that until recently, that parts of the administration were calling into question whether people should even follow basic best practices like wearing masks."

  • Fauci addressed whether masks pose any health concerns: "No, not at all. There has not been any indication that putting a mask on and wearing a mask for a considerable period of time has any deleterious effects on oxygen exchange or anything like that. Not at all."

The big picture: Fauci, a leading expert in America's coronavirus response, has been under fire from the White House over his early statements on the pandemic — and said he has largely been sidelined from interactions with President Trump.

  • Fauci told The Atlantic earlier this week: "I just want to do my job. I’m really good at it. I think I can contribute. And I’m going to keep doing it."
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