Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, calls out CNN host Brianna Keilar on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ for a question about touching the same mic as President Donald Trump, saying: “let’s get real here.”
KEILAR: I want to take a look at this picture. You actually touched the same podium — I’m sure you have seen this — and microphone as the president and other CEOs. Even, at the same time, the vice president has taken a test for coronavirus. He tested negative — or the president has tested negative, I should say. Has Vice President Pence? Have you taken a test? Are you going to take a test? FAUCI: No. No. Well, I’m not taking a test for the simple reason I have no symptoms. I have not — I’m practicing pretty good social distance. I don’t get to… KEILAR: But it’s hard to… FAUCI: I know. KEILAR: It’s hard to fully do it, as we see… (CROSSTALK) FAUCI: But not everybody in the United States should take a test. I mean, I have no symptoms. There’s no reason for me to take a test. If I’m in a situation where I’m at a higher risk, I will take a test. The picture you showed about the microphone, let’s get real here. I mean, there are certain things that you have to do. If I left the microphone at that, you would see nothing but the microphone. My putting my two fingers to get the microphone down isn’t that bad. So, I don’t think we should make something of that. I’d like to see people more doing this, as opposed to shaking hands. KEILAR: Well, we are not going to shake hands, although I am very grateful that you’re here today, Dr. Fauci.