Many have attributed the fact that the continued spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the United States is due to President Trump’s illogical optimism regarding the spread of the pandemic and his delays in employing the needed measures. Now, Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top immunologist, has, more or less, clarified that if Donald Trump had initiated a lockdown sooner, more lives could have been saved.

“Obviously you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier you could've saved lives, obviously,” said Fauci, adding that had the lockdown been ordered before mid-March, more could have been done to slow down the spread.

“No-one is going to deny that,' he continued, adding “there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then.” This hints at the several reports that the White House was made aware of the virus originating in China as early as November and the President knew of the threat it would pose to a nation like the U.S.

“You know, Jake, as I have said many times, we look at it from a pure health standpoint,” Fauci told CNN's Jake Tapper. “We make a recommendation. Often, the recommendation is taken. Sometimes, it's not. But it is what it is,” he continued. 'We are where we are right now.”

In fact, as per a report in The Washington Post, Trump had even expressed the opinion of going along with the UK’s “herd community” approach, which has failed so drastically. As per sources, when a task force meeting in the Situation Room was conducted in March Trump proposed that in exchange for issuing strict measures, they should just let coronavirus “wash over” the U.S.

He was, thus, cautioned over the fact that employing “herd immunity” would be a bad idea by Fauci, who explained to the President that allowing coronavirus to sweep across the nation, hoping the survivors would then become immune to it would lead to drastic results.

“Mr. President, many people would die,” Fauci reportedly said.

But despite the continued warning, Trump had taken his sweet time to employ the lockdown and today, America has the highest number of coronavirus cases with more than 20,000 people dead.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, in the press briefing room of the White House on March 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the United States, with New York's case count doubling every three days according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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