A top White House aide shared a cartoon online mocking Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, and suggesting that Fauci is responsible for sinking the U.S. economy. The post comes amid reports of Fauci falling out of favor with the White House, even as the coronavirus pandemic worsens nationwide.

Dan Scavino, the deputy chief of staff for communication, posted the cartoon on his Facebook page Sunday. It portrays Fauci as “Dr. Faucet,” who is drowning Uncle Sam with a flood of warnings about the pandemic: “Schools stay closed this fall!,” “Indefinite lockdown!,” “Shut up and obey!” and “No NFL season!”

Unreal. White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications posted this on Facebook. New CBS News polling shows many voters in states hard hit by Covid surges blame President Trump for pushing to reopen too soon.

Fauci has led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for more than three decades, and was a central figure in the White House’s coronavirus task force in the early weeks of the pandemic.

But his relationship with Mr. Trump appeared to sour as the president resisted Fauci’s warnings about the severity of the pandemic and the need to move cautiously to reopen the economy. Fauci told the Financial Times last week that he hadn’t briefed the president in more than two months, or even seen him in person since June 2.

The White House in recent days has attempted to discredit Fauci with a media campaign pointing out his perceived mistakes in responding to the pandemic. The president himself has retweeted posts disparaging Fauci and suggesting the doctor is siding with Democrats.

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