On ABC’s This Week, Martha Raddatz read out the president’s tweet to Fauci.

Fauci said, “The deaths are real deaths.”

“All you need to do is go out into the trenches, go to the hospitals, see what the health care workers are dealing with. They are under very stressed situations. In many areas of the country, the hospital beds are stretched, people are running out of beds, running out of trained personnel who are exhausted right now. That’s real. That’s not fake. That’s real,” he added.