October 4, 2023

By Equipment Maher | CNN

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized Donald Trump for claiming he doesn’t know who gave Dr. Anthony Fauci a presidential commendation that the previous president awarded him.

“It actually says President Trump awards commendation. Is that this the stainless commendation or one thing like that? Did this simply occur out of skinny air?” DeSantis stated in a radio interview with Jimmy Failla on “FOX Throughout America.”

It was DeSantis’ newest assault on Trump over Covid-19 administration – a key challenge to the Florida governor’s personal presidential pitch. The governor has argued that Trump, as president, ceded management to Fauci, the long-time prime federal infectious illness professional.

On January 19, 2021, Trump awarded Fauci and 51 different individuals who served on the Operation Warp Pace activity power in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic presidential commendations.

“Give me a break, folks have to take accountability for his or her actions. They should they should personal what they did. And right here’s the factor that’s necessary: Wanting ahead, you already know, with me, all these errors won’t ever be repeated once more,” DeSantis continued.

In an interview with Megyn Kelly, Trump was requested to reply criticism surrounding his response to the pandemic, together with why he awarded Fauci, head of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses, with a presidential commendation.

Trump advised Kelly: “I don’t know who gave him the commendation. I actually don’t know who gave him the commendation. Somebody most likely handed him a commendation.”

Requested a number of occasions if he “would really like a do over” on sure conditions in the course of the pandemic, corresponding to making Fauci “a star,” Trump alluded to how the president doesn’t have direct energy to fireside civil servants beneath federal legislation.

“I’m not one which blames a system, that if you happen to’re civil service or you probably have another safety that you would be able to’t get fired, as a result of I’ve executed issues which are loads worse than that,” Trump stated.

“I overrode most of the issues he did,” Trump additionally stated of Fauci.

DeSantis, who has put Covid-19 administration on the forefront of his marketing campaign, took intention at that declare throughout his radio interview.

“Donald Trump, he’s mainly saying he did every part was proper. And I believe meaning it’s best to perceive he would do the identical factor yet again, if put in that place, and that may be disastrous for our nation,” DeSantis stated.

On the marketing campaign path, DeSantis has usually criticized Trump for elevating Fauci in the course of the pandemic, calling the presidential commendation award a “intestine punch” and arguing he ought to have been fired.

“Clearly, Dr. Fauci ought to have been fired. He induced a variety of injury. And never solely was he not fired, Donald Trump gave Fauci a presidential commendation, on January 19, 2021, his final day in workplace,” DeSantis stated at an occasion in Coralville, Iowa in August. “I believe that that was a intestine punch.”

DeSantis’ administration on Wednesday suggested folks youthful than 65 towards getting the brand new Covid-19 photographs from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, contradicting federal well being officers’ steering.