Dr. Fauci was put on the defensive Friday (May 13) by CNN’s Jakes Tapper about a White House tweet on Thursday (May 12) that falsely claimed there were no COVID-19 vaccines when Biden was inaugurated.
Tapper called on Fauci to correct the record.
“I know you don’t tweet from the White House account, but I wanted to raise this because amazingly this White House tweet is still up,” Tapper said, before he read the tweet.
In a defensive tone, Fauci noted he is not in control of the White House’s Twitter account.
“You know, Jake, I’m sorry, I can’t explain every tweet that comes out,” he said. “So you’re talking to the wrong person. I wasn’t involved in the tweet. I just can’t explain it. Sorry.”
“I’m sorry, there’s nothing I could do about that, Jake,” he repeated moments later.
Tapper concluded: “All right. Well, I think you have done something by pointing out it’s inaccurate.”