The conflict between President Donald Trump and Dr Anthony Fauci, the US’s top infectious disease expert is escalating every day.
Dr Fauci has openly been critical of the Trump administration’s way of dealing with the pandemic. The tension between the two has increased so much that they are no longer on speaking terms.
Dr Anthony Fauci had expressed concerns about reopening of the USA amid a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Both men had been openly disagreeing with each other. While Trump claims that 99% of the cases are harmless, Dr thinks as a country they aren’t doing great.
This conflict between the two has risen to such a level that the White House is now actively trying to discredit Dr Fauci.
White House against Dr Fauci
Recently, the White House circulated a list of the “number of times that Dr Fauci was wrong on things”.
This list includes Dr Fauci’s initial doubts about the severity of coronavirus and whether masks were good enough. He changed his stand on both the things as more evidence came forth.
White House is now using these previous claims to discredit him. President Trump said, “Dr Fauci is a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes,”
Peter Navarro, who is a top trade advisor to President Trump, talked to the Washington Post about Dr Fauci. He said, “Dr Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have ever interacted with him on.”
Navarro had in fact blamed Fauci repeatedly about for criticising the use of hydroxychloroquine. Although many studies have questioned hydroxychloroquine’s use, Navarro told Fauci that he would be responsible if it proved useful later on.
Dr Anthony Fauci takes a stand.
Dr Anthony Fauci had been completely vocal about his opinions despite Trump not liking it. It’s his disagreement with President Trump which made him the target of the White House and the President himself.
Dr had rebuffed Trump’s claims that 99% of the COVID-19 cases were not fatal, saying that was not the case.
In an interview with CNN, he said, “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 further said, “We now have 40-plus thousand new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around, and so I am very concerned.”