In the Oval Office, President Trump expressed his disagreement with Dr.Fauci's testimony.
Dr. Fauci was cautious about reopening in his testimony Tuesday. Mr. President, do you share those concerns?
“He wants to play all sides of the equation,” the president answered.” I think we’re going to have a tremendous fourth quarter, I think we’re going to have a transitional third quarter, and I think we are going to have a phenomenal next year. I feel that we are going to have a country that is ready to absolutely have one of its best years.
Next year, with all of the stimulus and all of the fact that it is a pent-up demand like I haven’t seen. And you see it right now. These two really professional, good governors that work so hard. I know both of them very well. One happens to be a Democrat, we’ve worked together and I think we’ve worked together very well. And one you would expect me to say that but it happens to be very true, ok. Really good job, too. But we’ve worked very very well together. They want to get their states open. Some governors, and some perhaps partisans maybe for election reasons, don’t want to have their states open, and then some shouldn’t open them quite yet. They went through a lot and they’re not quite ready. But no, we’re opening our country, people want it open, the schools are going to be open.”
When you say Dr. Fauci is playing both sides, are you suggesting the advice he is giving to you is different?
“I was surprised by his answer, actually, because, you know, it’s just to me it’s not an acceptable answer especially when it comes to schools,” the president answered. “The only thing that would be acceptable as I said is professors, teachers, etcetera, over a certain age. I think they ought to take it easy for another few weeks,” concluded President Trump.