After Dr. Anthony Fauci spent his Easter Sunday making appearances on liberal media programs in order to essentially aid in a left-wing attack on the President, Trump indicated that the doctor’s job might be on the line.
President Trump on Sunday night retweeted a post that called for the Fauci’s job.
The New York Times claimed in a report that President Trump was to blame for the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. suggesting that while the president shutdown the border to China, he was somehow simultaneously downplaying the seriousness of the virus.
Fauci when asked on CNN Sunday about the Times report on Trump playing down the threat.
“I mean. Obviously, you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives,” Fauci said.
He said the decision process is complicated but said “if we, right from the very beginning, shut everything down, it may have been a little bit different. But there was a lot of pushback about shutting things down back then.”
Trump called the Times’ story “Fake, just like the “paper” itself.”
Trump has said that his decision to close the U.S. to China in early February was key, despite being panned in the media as “xenophobic.”
DeAnna Lorraine, a former Republican congressional candidate, exposed Fauci in her own tweet and said he told people in late February that “there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US public at large. Time to #FireFauci.”
Trump used Lorraine’s tweet as evidence of “fake news,” from the Times. Trump implied that if there were widespread concerns about the virus in the White House in January, surely Fauci would have known in late February.
“Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up,” Trump tweeted, before thanking One News Network. Trump’s tweet linked to Lorraine’s tweet that called for Fauci’s ouster.
Despite the constant fending off of media launched attacks, recent Fox News poll showed Trump’s job performance numbers at a record high.
The poll said 49 percent approve of the job Trump is doing as president, which is up from 48 percent two weeks ago. Eighty-nine percent of Republicans approve of Trump.
The same can’t be said for Fauci, however, who has faced increasing criticism by those who see him as a career bureaucrat.
Fauci has even publicly played down Trump’s claim that hydroxychloroquine combined with an antibiotic could be a “game-changer” in the fight against the disease despite a number of highly promising studies performed.
Fauci has slammed the media in the past for attempting to “pit” him against Trump. He was asked in March about reports of their relationship being on the rocks.
He was asked on the radio show “Mornings on the Mall” about questions from the media and how they seem designed at times to “create a rift between you and the president.”
“The president has listened to what I’ve said and to the other people who are on the task force have said,” Fauci said. “When I’ve made recommendations, he has taken them. He has never countered, overwritten me. The idea of just pitting one against the other is not helpful. I wish that would stop and that we’d look ahead at the challenge we have to get over this thing.”
As of early Monday, there were nearly over 550,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. and 22,000 deaths. The United States, however, is by far the world’s leader in testing with nearly 3 million tests administered.