UPDATED 1:25 PM PT – Wednesday, March 17, 2021
President Trump spoke out about the early days of the pandemic after Joe Biden notably dismissed the Trump administration’s efforts to combat the virus. During an interview Tuesday, the 45th President said he was initially given bad advice by Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx.
However, overall, President Trump noted that he himself did a great job of handling the global health crisis, touting his decision to close the border to travelers coming in from China. He stated:
“So when you go to the COVID issue, we did a great job. We get very little credit for it. I closed the country far earlier. Dr. Fauci and Birx and all of these people that, frankly, made nothing but mistakes — they didn’t want to do it. They didn’t want to close it to China. I closed the border to China. I closed the border to Europe, Italy, and all of these countries that were having tremendous problems long before they wanted me to do it.”
President Trump added hundreds of thousands of more lives would have been lost, had not made that decision. Birx retired after Biden took office, while Fauci currently serves as the White House Chief Medical Advisor.