During today’s White House press briefing to address the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump answered a reporter’s question by saying, “You know what I’d like to do? I’d like him to go back to the State Department, or as they call it, the Deep State department if you don’t mind, I’d like him to go back and do his job.” Many on social media were to quick to point out that Dr. Anthony Fauci had a visible reaction to the president’s comment.
While America does its best to fight the deadly coronavirus, Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has for many become a national voice of reason during uncertain times. He has been praised for serving it straight to the American people with facts and scientific reasoning.
Standing directly behind the president, Fauci had a literal face-to-palm moment.
Video of this moment quickly went viral on Twitter, with many people editing the video to include the theme song of Larry David’s HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm. NBC White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell tweeted, “The president’s apparent anger on display as he used the derogatory term “Deep State Department” and Dr. Fauci reacted by putting his hand over his face.”
Alex Blaze tweeted, “Dr. Fauci always looks like the honor student who just drew the dumbest kid in school as a lab partner.”
New York Times TV critic James Poniewozik joked, “When the [moment] is enough to make even Dr. Fauci touch his face.”
Fauci’s Recent Absences At The White House’s Daily Press Briefings Caused ‘Panic’ Online
“Where is Dr. Fauci?” was a huge question being asked on social media following the press briefing on March 18 and again on March 19. Thankfully, the worst fears were not to be — Katie Miller, the vice president’s press secretary, said, “He’s at the NIH [National Institutes of Health]. He asked for a day at the office instead of the White House. He joined the task force this morning via phone.”
Those worried about Fauci’s absence were glad to know Fauci does not have coronavirus, as people were speculating on Twitter.
Even before Trump announced America to be in a state of “national emergency,” Fauci was candidly speaking to the nation with the facts about coronavirus.
On March 14, Fauci said of COVID-19, “Two things we are looking for. [First,] things are going to get worse before they get better,” he announced. “But [second], what’s happening now with many more tests that are going out very, very shortly. With people now very seriously taking containment and mitigation into effect, hopefully, we will be able to blunt that peak. That’s what I see in the next few weeks.”