President Donald Trump is now embroiled in a rather tense back-and-forth with Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the leading infectious disease experts in the country, going off on him during a call with his campaign staff on Monday.
“People are tired of hearing Fauci and these idiots, all these idiots who got it wrong,” Trump apparently said during the call, according to a new report from the New York Times.
The president said that Fauci is a “nice guy” but then said, “he’s been here for 500 years.”
“Every time he goes on television, there’s always a bomb. But there’s a bigger bomb if you fire him. This guy’s a disaster,” the president added.
Later, when he landed in Arizona for the first of two rallies in the state, Trump told reporters that Fauci “loves being on television” and has made “a lot of bad calls.”
Trump’s criticism followed Fauci’s Sunday 60 Minutes interview in which he said he was “absolutely not” surprised that Trump contracted COVID-19 because of the lack of coronavirus safety precautions at the White House gathering on Sept. 26 when Trump formally announced his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
“I was worried that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded, no separation between people, and almost nobody wearing a mask,” Fauci said.
“When I saw that on TV, I said, ’Oh my goodness. Nothing good can come out of that. That’s got to be a problem,’” the infectious disease expert went on to say in the interview.
The president then tweeted:
Dr.Tony Fauci says we don’t allow him to do television, and yet I saw him last night on @60Minutes, and he seems to get more airtime than anybody since the late, great, Bob Hope. All I ask of Tony is that he make better decisions. He said “no masks & let China in”. Also, Bad arm!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2020
As of right now, more than 8.1 million people have contracted the coronavirus with a ballpark figure of 220,000 deaths that have been reported here in America. The total number of cases that have been reported around the world sits at 40 million.
Will this have a negative impact on the president and the election, seeing as how the radical left is harping on little arguments like this as proof the president is anti-science?
We’ll have to wait and see.
The fact remains that Fauci has made a ton of mistakes from the very beginning, along with making some very serious and puzzling flip-flops on things like the effectiveness of masks that has left folks curious as to whether or not Fauci is playing politics with people’s lives.