President Donald Trump said it's "curious" that Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx enjoy high approval ratings as it relates to their handling of COVID-19 while he does not. "They're highly thought of but nobody likes me," he said Tuesday. (July 28)
DONALD TRUMP: No, not at all. I think-- I don't even know what his stance is on it. I was just-- you know, he was at the-- he was at the task force meeting a little while ago. I have a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci.
You know, sort of interesting, we've listened to Dr. Fauci. I haven't always agreed with him, and it's, I think, pretty standard. That's OK. He did not want us to ban this-- put up the ban to China when China was heavily infected, very badly, Wuhan.
He didn't want to do that, and I did and other things. And he told me I was right, and he told me I saved tens of thousands of lives. Which was generous, but, you know, I think it's fact. And I banned-- I did the ban on Europe.
But I get along with him very well, and I agree with a lot of what he said. So, you know, it's interesting. He's got a very good approval rating, and I like that. It's good. Because, remember, he's working for this administration. He's working with us, John.
We could have gotten other people. We could have gotten somebody else. It didn't have to be Dr. Fauci. He's working with our administration. And, for the most part, we've done pretty much what he and others-- Dr. Birx and others, who are terrific-- recommended.
And he's got this high approval rating, so why don't I have a high approval rating, with respect-- and the administration, with respect to the virus? We should have a very high.
Because what we've done, in terms of-- we're just reading off about the masks and the gowns and the ventilators and numbers that nobody's seen and the testing at 55 million tests. We tested more than anybody in the world.
I have a graph that I'd love to show you. Perhaps you've seen it. Where we're up here and the rest of the world is down at a level that's just a tiny fraction of what we've done in terms of testing.
So it sort of is curious. A man works for us-- with us-- very closely, Dr. Fauci. And Dr. Birx also, highly thought of. And yet, they're highly thought of, but nobody likes me. It can only be my personality. That's all. Go ahead.