When two people do not like each other, one of the greatest respects that one can give the other is to admit that one of them is right when they are.

We have all dealt with people we could not stand, and a lot of the time we would never dream of saying that the other person is right.

However, when it is something to do with life and death I don’t think we would have much of a problem doing that.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, testified Friday before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, wrapping up a week of high-profile hearings on Capitol Hill.

The big news from Friday’s hearing was that Fauci said he was “cautiously optimistic” the United States could have a vaccine ready by the “end of this year and as we go into 2021.”

If you were going to take one thing away from Friday’s testimony, that probably should have been it. It’s tremendous news and, if his timeline is accurate, it’s a testimony to human ingenuity and resilience.

However, that doesn’t mean you should bury the other stuff — particularly the inconvenient fact that Fauci agrees the Trump administration’s COVID-19 policy decisions saved lives and that he was actively involved with many of the more controversial ones.

During questioning by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, Fauci praised the administration’s moves to largely ban travel from China and Europe — both of which were widely questioned by both Democrats and the media at the time.

And, as it turns out, he was involved in the decision-making behind both travel bans.

“Do you think that decision saved lives, Dr. Fauci?” Scalise asked about the China travel ban.

“Yes, I do,” Fauci responded.

The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said the same thing about the European travel ban.

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