Trump aides are undercutting Fauci as he speaks up on virus concerns


Senior officials within the Trump administration have told CNN that they do not trust Fauci, nor do they think he has the best interest of Trump in mind. Though Trump was already miffed by Fauci's television appearances early on, the White House has sought to downplay tension between the two for several months.

As the coronavirus pandemic worsens and questions swirl about how schools will operate in the fall, the White House is taking aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci, America's top infectious disease expert.

"And if the public scientists have been discredited, if the President suggests 'don't believe them, you won't be able to hear to them, they're normally mistaken, ' we have then undermined a national vaccination marketing campaign which is an crucial action to bringing this terrible period to an end".

McEnany reiterated that the White House "provided a direct response to a direct question" and that the notion of it launching opposition research against Fauci "couldn't be further from the truth". President Trump said last week Fauci has made 'a lot of mistakes'.

Fauci faced criticism over the weekend from anonymous Trump administration aides, who detailed to reporters at multiple outlets a series of Fauci's statements on the virus that they said turned out to be inaccurate.

"It is because the president has not federalized the response, because the president has not had clear leadership on this", she began.

"A lot of them said "Don't wear a mask, don't wear a mask, '" the president told Fox News" Sean Hannity. "Individuals like Admiral (Brett) Giroir, Surgeon Common (Jerome) Adams and other folks are carrying these messages really efficiently", Caputo claimed in the statement, despite the fact that he did not straight respond to concerns about Fauci. "You are right, and we have to admit it. No doubt about it". "Nobody knew everything from the very start, including Dr. Fauci, but that's very different than saying the guy was intentionally wrong or somehow misleading in some way, which seemed to be the suggestion".

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The tweet was likely a reference to an interview Fauci did in April with CNN in which he said certificates of immunity were being discussed as a potential possibility.

Fauci's emphasis on protections including physical distancing, wearing masks, avoiding crowds and washing hands have put him at odds with a president eager to get people back to work to boost the economy.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to surge in the USA, the White House has launched a campaign to discredit one of its own.

A White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity insisted that the administration was not trying to discredit Fauci, who it acknowledged is an expert, but rather remind members of the public of his record and that it should be listening to a range of doctors. 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.

Fauci told the FT that his remarks in a March interview with Science magazine - in which he declared: "I can't jump in front of the microphone and push (Trump) down" - had caused "a tussle". "He looks at it from a very narrow public health point of view".

Giroir said members of the task force meet three or four times a week and hold open, honest discussions, and Vice President Mike Pence briefs Trump on a daily basis on the meetings.