President Donald Trump criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci after the World Health Organization (WHO) spoke out against confinements to combat the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus (coronavirus).
“Tony’s pitching arm is far more accurate than his prognostications,” President Trump, wrote on Tuesday, Oct. 13, on Twitter, drawing a metaphor between a baseball player’s pitching and the recommendations of Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“WHO no longer likes Lockdowns—just came out against,” the president added. “Trump was right. We saved 2,000,000 USA lives!,” he said.
Actually, Tony’s pitching arm is far more accurate than his prognostications. “No problem, no masks”. WHO no longer likes Lockdowns – just came out against. Trump was right. We saved 2,000,000 USA lives!!! https://t.co/YyLyCsbZ7a
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 13, 2020
President Trump was referring to recent statements by Dr. David Nabarro of the WHO, who called on world leaders to stop “using closures as their primary method of control” of the CCP Virus.
In doing so, the U.N. agency reversed its original position on the management of the CCP Virus pandemic, which was to prioritize containment.
President Trump opposed this policy, indicating that closing the economy would bring more harm than good.
Nabarro acknowledged that the only thing the closures achieved was poverty.
“Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never, ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer,” he said in an interview published on Oct. 8 by The Spectator.
“We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” he said.
“Stop using lockdown as your primary control method. Develop better systems for doing it. Work together and learn from each other,” Nabarro added in dialogue with the Spectator.
Days before the statements by Nabarro, several health experts from around the world met to call for an end to the lockdowns.
They created a petition, called the Great Barrington Declaration, which said the quarantines were causing “irreparable damage.”
“As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists, we are concerned about the physical and mental health impacts of prevailing policies regarding COVID-19 [CCP Virus] and we recommend an approach we call Targeted Protection,” reads the petition signed by 12,000 specialists.
“The current lockdown policies are producing devastating effects on public health in the short and long term,” the scientists said.
A senior Trump administration official noted this week that the statement “said that the appropriate policy, the important policy to deal with this pandemic is something that centers on aggressive protection of the vulnerable, opening all schools, opening businesses and society, and ending the prolonged lockdowns.”
He noted that the statement, and the WHO change, “aligns very strongly with what the president has said for months, and that is: Strongly protect the high-risk elderly and vulnerable, and open schools and restore society to function.”
“And that policy stems very directly from his initial statements back in March, when he said the cure cannot be worse than the disease, and has followed — has been followed with dozens of statements endorsing this policy,” he added.