Dr. Anthony Fauci, in an interview with FOX News’ John Roberts on Wednesday, said President Donald Trump did not downplay the coronavirus and said similar things in private that he did in public. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and appeared on FOX to respond to Bob Woodward’s new book. “I don’t recall anything different than in our discussions with the president,” Fauci said. “In my discussions and the discussions of other task force members with the president, we were talking about the reality of what was going on. When we would get up in front of the press conferences, which were very, very common after our discussions with the president, he really didn’t say anything different than we discussed when we were with him.” “I didn’t get any sense that he was distorting anything. In my discussions with him, they were always straightforward about the concerns that we had,” Fauci said. “I don’t think he said much different than what we said when we were in the Oval Office,” Fauci later said.