The White House is making a concerted effort to discredit the 79-year-old scientist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci as he becomes increasingly vocal about his concerns over reopening the country amid a national surge in coronavirus cases.
Fauci, for months, played a lead role in America’s coronavirus pandemic who has assessed the risk and issued increasingly blunt warnings as the nation’s response has gone badly awry.
“Several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things.” An unnamed White House official told CNN on Saturday and provided a lengthy list of the scientist’s comments which included his early doubt that people with no symptoms could play a significant role in spreading the virus — a notion based on earlier outbreaks that the novel coronavirus would turn on its head. The list was released to news outlets but was not released publicly.
"As a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don't think you can say we're doing great. I mean, we're just not." Fauci told a podcast from FiveThirtyEight last week.
Trump said at the White House during a roundtable event honoring police officers, "I have a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci, I've had for a long time, I find him to be a very nice person. I don't always agree with him."