Anthony Fauci Says He Hasn't Briefed Trump on COVID In Months
Jul 14 2020
But a senior administration official said the document provided to The Post was meant to push back on any belief that the administration was negligent if it did not always adhere to Fauci's words.
The White House is trying to discredit Anthony Fauci, a top USA infectious diseases expert, amid a ballooning caseload of COVID-19 in the United States, according to US media.
Trump himself did not acknowledge on Thursday any of the mistakes he has made during the pandemic's spread in the US, including his refusal to take seriously the disease in February and early March, oftentimes ignoring the advice of health experts that surrounded him in the White House at the time. "Dr. Fauci is one member of a team, but rest assured, his viewpoint is represented and the information gets to the president through the task force", McEnany said when asked to comment on relations between Trump and Fauci.
"Dr Fauci is a nice man, but he's made a lot of mistakes", said Trump last week. I've had for a long time, right from the beginning. "He are unable to stand the point that the American folks have confidence in Dr. Fauci and they do not belief Donald Trump - and so he has to tear him down".
In a assertion Saturday, a White Household formal instructed CNN that "various White Residence officers are involved about the variety of occasions Dr. Fauci has been incorrect on matters". But White House officials, in their critiques sent to the media, omitted Fauci's warning that coronavirus could become a "major outbreak", which he delivered moments later during the same interview, The Times reported. Trump began growing frustrated with Fauci when he expressed concerns about the efficacy of using hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug, to treat people who had the coronavirus.
"We are winning the war", the president said in an interview Friday.
On Sunday, Brett Giroir, a health and human services official and member of the same task force, rejected Fauci's assessment, along with his recommendation that states experiencing a new spike in cases should shut down their economies. "I think he's feeling a little beaten up by all this - I think there's no question about it - but he has seen a lot of support".
When pressed by CNN's Jim Acosta during a briefing on why the White House chose to discredit Fauci by sending out opposition research-like memos to reporters citing an unnamed official, McEnany flat out denied that there is any opposition research "being dumped to reporters".
The attempt to discredit Fauci to advance the president's false statements on the virus alarmed public health experts.
President Donald Trump said Monday he has a "very good" working relationship with America's top infectious disease specialist, despite repeatedly undercutting the respected scientist amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Schiff instructed CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Home" that these a go "is so characteristic of Donald Trump". "That's what Dr. Fauci has been trying to do and by sidelining him the President is once again interfering with an effective response to this pandemic".
"Fauci's supporters acknowledge those early mistakes, attributing them to the challenges posed by a new, largely unknown pathogen", The Post reported. "What I think happened is that someone told him that the general mortality is about 1 per cent".