As the coronavirus pandemic worsens in the U. S., President Trump continues to attack the man who for months was the administration’s go-to authority on the disease, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Dismissing Fauci’s warnings of more cases and deaths ahead unless the country takes dramatic action, Trump insists the U. S. is “rounding the turn” on COVID-19.
In an interview on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday morning, Trump claimed, falsely, that Fauci is a Democrat. He’s a “nice guy, ” Trump said, “but he’s been wrong” on issues related to the pandemic, such as the importance of wearing masks.
He also said, with more justification, that Fauci, who bounced the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game earlier this year, has a “really bad arm. ”
His comments came a day after he called Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, a “disaster” on a campaign call with reporters.
“[Fauci] said don’t wear masks, ” Trump said Tuesday. “He said many things. He said let the people from China that are heavily infected, let them come in. And that he had mentioned he was wrong about it. He admits that I saved thousands of lives. And it’s good if people trust him, but it’s not that the people... reporters like him because they think he’s against me. ”