“When I saw that on TV, I said, ‘Oh my good. There are no good ones out there, that would be a problem,'” he continued.
Although the ceremony was held outside and many attendees were tested before being allowed, photos and videos of the event showed some people wearing masks, many people greeting each other with hugs and handshakes, and person in contact and sitting close.
There are also smaller, private gatherings within the White House that do not include wearing a mask or social distance advised by public health experts that it is important to stop the spread of the virus.
Fauci was previously labeled at the event as a “supers spreading”; – noting the lack of public health measures in the area and the slate of positive tests that followed.
“The data speaks for themselves,” he said.
When he was released, the President told his followers the virus that had hospitalized him for 72 hours was nothing to fear before posing for a more masked photo-op on the White House balcony.
“Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life,” Trump wrote for hours before carefully walking out of the hospital doors, even though his doctors warned he was not yet “out of the woods.”
Fauci told “60 Minutes” that it made no sense to him why Trump equated wearing a mask with weakness. “
Earlier guidance from U.S. officials did not recommend widespread masking, but in April, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended masks for the general public given that people without symptoms may not aware of the virus.
Masks, Fauci maintains, “really work.”
This story has been updated with additional reporting.