THE WHITE HOUSE IS reportedly attempting to sideline leading infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, who has been delivering blunt advice to the U.S. about the coronavirus pandemic.
A White House official released a statement to several news outlets over the weekend saying that “several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things.” The official went on to list several examples, including Fauci’s early comments on the pandemic.
Fauci’s statements have sometimes run contradictory to President Donald Trump’s messaging. The trend previously set off a “Fire Fauci” campaign on Twitter from many Trump supporters that eventually receded.
But in recent days the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has found himself in Trump’s crosshairs yet again.
Last week, Trump said during an interview with Fox News that Fauci has “made a lot of mistakes.” Fauci told the Financial Times last week that he hasn’t seen the president in person at the White House since June 2 and that he hasn’t briefed him personally for two months.
Fauci, who has worked under six administrations from both parties, said last week that the U.S. isn’t “doing great” with the coronavirus pandemic when compared to other countries.
“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.” He said that it is “understandable” why the European Union and others have banned the entry of U.S. citizens.