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Dr. Anthony Fauci testified before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on Capitol Hill, where he reportedly said he was “cautiously optimistic” about the United States having a vaccine ready by the “end of this year and as we go into 2021,” according to The Western Journal.

During the testimony, Fauci also admitted that Trump’s reaction to the coronavirus, including the travel ban, saved lives.

“Do you think that decision saved lives, Dr. Fauci?” Scalise asked about the China travel ban.

“Yes, I do,” Fauci responded.

“So, I know we’ve heard a lot about disagreements,” Scalise said. “Clearly there are many decisions made. In fact, there are many very internationally respected doctors that are involved in each of those decisions. Is that correct?”

“Yes,” Fauci responded.



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“By and large, would you say that you and President Trump have been in agreement on most of those decisions?” Scalise asked.

“We were in agreement on virtually all of those,” Fauci said.

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However, that doesn’t mean you should bury the other stuff — particularly the inconvenient fact that Fauci agrees the Trump administration’s COVID-19 policy decisions saved lives and that he was actively involved with many of the more controversial ones.

During questioning by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, Fauci praised the administration’s moves to largely ban travel from China and Europe — both of which were widely questioned by both Democrats and the media at the time.