WATCH: Fauci claims he never recommended lockdowns— in 2020 he said Trump should 'shut the country down'

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During a recent interview, the US’ top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci claimed that he “didn’t recommend locking anything down” at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In October 2020, however, he admitted to doing exactly that. This comes as Dr. Deborah Birx released her book, in which she shared details of a meeting with Fauci and others in March 2020, where they agreed to press for a two-week-to-stop-the-spread strategy, with plans to ask for more restrictions of that kind after that.

On Monday’s episode of Rising, Newsweek deputy opinion editor Batya Ungar-Sargon asked Fauci whether he would lock down schools were he able to go back and do it all over again, citing the negative implications such policies have had on children and parents across the country.

“First of all, I didn’t recommend locking anything down,” Fauci replied, suggesting it had been the CDC’s idea.

“Go back and look at my statements,” he added, “that we need to do everything we can to keep the schools open and safe.”

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