Chuck Todd asks Fauci about crowded US airports problem: ‘What went wrong here?’

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According to National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, the painfully long screening lines currently being seen at America’s international airports are an inexorable consequence of proper coronavirus prevention.

He explained this Sunday morning to “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd after being bluntly asked, “What went wrong here?”

Listen to the discussion below:

I don’t think anything went wrong — I think it’s just the nature of the problem,” Fauci candidly replied. “When you have a situation where people are in different countries, there are going to be restrictions.”

“American citizens, their family, others, permanent residents can get back. They don’t need to immediately get back because they think they’re going to get left out. That’s what they did, but they’re not.”

Because of President Donald Trump’s travel bans on Europe, which for the record do not affect American citizens who haven’t been diagnosed with coronavirus, those Americans who’re currently abroad have been rushing to return home.

In doing so, they’ve clogged up the airports, in part because their authorized re-entry into the United States requires them to first be screened for coronavirus. Except that screening for coronavirus takes time, ergo why the nation’s international airports are currently contending with long coronavirus screening lines such as these:

When they do get back, they’re going to have some enhanced screening,” Fauci continued. “Depending on the country. If you’re in the European group, if you’re now with the UK and Ireland, you’re going to have two weeks of self-imposed isolation.”

While the effects of this enhanced screening are no doubt frustrating to those Americans stuck in these lines, the Trump administration strongly maintains that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

“If you just leave the virus to its own defenses it’ll go way up like we’ve seen in Italy – that’s not going to happen if we do what we’re attempting to do and are doing,” he said later Sunday morning to CBS host Margaret Brennan of “Face the Nation.”

The way we get ahead of it is, I want people to assume that we’re overreacting because if it looks like you’re overreacting you’re probably doing the right thing.”


The Trump administration’s recommendations have, in many cases, fallen on deaf ears, with members of the public still partaking in their regular social activities, and members of the Democrat Party likewise crying foul over some of the unavoidable consequences of the the administration’s prevention methods.

Take the long lines at America’s airport. In a series of rude, disrespectful and condescending tweets posted late Saturday evening, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, slammed the president and vice president for them.


Trump administration officials have for their part made it clear they’re working to add “additional screening capacity” as quickly as possible.


The media meanwhile is continuing to complain about how the president’s otherwise well-praised travel ban is somehow, someway “racist” and “xenophobic.”


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