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Dr. Anthony Fauci has recalled how Donald Trump reacted to being corrected throughout a televised press briefing in the course of the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

Fauci stated he totally anticipated to be chewed out by the then-president after he publicly rejected Trump’s declare earlier within the briefing that the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine may vanquish COVID.

But after the briefing had completed, the now-presumptive GOP presidential nominee simply centered on and boasted to Fauci concerning the “amazing” scores the briefings have been garnering, Fauci instructed CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in an interview that aired Tuesday.

“My God, these ratings are amazing. They’re better than cable, they’re better than network,” Trump stated, per Fauci, who has additionally detailed the alternate in his new memoir, “On Call: A Doctor’s Journey in Public Service.”

It’s no secret that Trump was “very, very fixated on image and ratings and he thought that the amount of attention that was given to the press briefings was really terrific and his comment was, ‘Wow, did you see those ratings?’” added Fauci. “My feeling was, ‘Ratings? We’re in the middle of a pandemic.’”

Watch the interview right here:

Fauci, the previous director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease who served as chief medical adviser to the Biden White House till retiring in 2022, instructed Gupta why he needed to appropriate Trump’s declare.

“I said to myself, ‘I have a responsibility to preserve my own personal integrity and a responsibility to the American public,’” he defined. “So, when I walked up to the podium, I said, ‘Here he goes.’”

“That was painful to me to have to do that but there was no doubt that I had to do it,” he added. “It wasn’t like, ‘Well, maybe you should, maybe you shouldn’t.’ There was no doubt that I had to do it.”