DONALD Trump released a scathing statement slamming Dr Anthony Fauci and Dr Deborah Birx on Monday.
The former president called Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, the "king of flip-flops," and slammed Birx, who served as his coronavirus response coordinator, as a "liar."
Trump's comments come after Birx spoke about missteps the Trump administration made while handling the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Based on their interviews, I felt it was time to speak up about Dr Fauci and Dr Birx, two self-promoters trying to reinvent history to cover up their bad instincts and faulty recommendations, which I fortunately almost always overturned," the statement begins.
He continued to slam the health professionals for supporting plans that he claimed would have left the American economy closed and the country "years away from an approved vaccine — putting millions of lives at risk."
Trump released the statement through conservative political commentator Byron York.
In his statement, Trump also took credit for the development of the Covid vaccines — three of which have been given emergency FDA approval and are being administered at a rapid pace across the US.
"We developed American vaccines by an American President in record time, nine months, which is saving the entire world," he went on.
"We bought billions of dollars of these vaccines on a calculated bet that they would work, perhaps the most important bet in the history of the world.
"Dr Fauci and Dr Birx moved far too slowly, and if it were up to them we'd currently be locked in our basements as our country suffered through a financial depression."
The long-winded takedown statement came a day after Dr Birx appeared on CNN to discuss the Covid-19 death toll in the US, which now sits at more than 549,000.
"I look at it this way," Birx said. "The first time, we have an excuse. There were about 100,000 deaths that came from the original surge.
"All the rest of them," she continued, referring to the subsequent Covid waves throughout the past year, "in my mind, could have been mitigated or decreased substantially" if the administration acted more aggressively.
Fauci was also featured on CNN Sunday and appeared to take credit for the quick development of the Covid-19 vaccines, something Trump's statement makes clear he does not agree with.
Fauci appeared in the CNN documentary COVID WAR: The Pandemic Doctors Speak Out.
When asked if there was a specific moment when he realized a vaccine would be the key in the fight against the virus, Fauci said, "When I saw what happened in New York City, almost overrunning of our health care system, it was like, 'Oh my goodness."
New York City was the original epicenter of the US Covid pandemic last spring.
"And that's when it became very clear that the decision we made on January the 10th — to go all out and develop a vaccine — may have been the best decision that I've ever made with regard to an intervention as director of the institute."
Trump, however, in his statement alleged that Fauci "was incapable of pressing the FDA to move [the vaccine] through faster.
"I was the one to get it done, and even the fake news media knows and reports this," he added.
He also took the opportunity to insult the 80-year-old scientist's athletic ability in his statement.
Later on in the long-winded rebuttal, Trump called Dr Birx a "liar" and said she had "very little credibility left."
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