by Pam Key
CNBC anchor Shepard Smith repeatedly pressed National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci to call for a nationwide mask mandate during a Wednesday interview.
Smith said, “You’ve said a national mask mandate is maybe a good idea. Why maybe?”
Fauci said, “Well, the reason is, I would hope that we could pull together as a country and realize the importance —”
Smith said, “We haven’t.”
Fauci said, “Yeah. We have not, and that’s the reason why I said very clearly—”
Smith pressed, “Is it time for the mandate, Dr. Fauci?”