President Trump hedged on the efficacy of mask-wearing as a protective measure against the coronavirus and said he would leave his pandemic response largely unchanged, in an interview set to air on dozens of local television stations.
The president concluded the call by telling staffers, "Get off this phone and work your asses off, because we are going to win".
Republican Senator Lamar Alexander issued a statement calling Fauci, who has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, "one of our country's most distinguished public servants".
"People are exhausted of COVID".
DONALD TRUMP: No, I think really Dr. Fauci's a very nice man, but we let him do what he wants to do. People are saying, 'Whatever. "But Fauci's a disaster, this guy".
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The President continued his tirade against Fauci even on Twitter, saying on Monday night that he should "make better decisions", while also mocked him for throwing "perhaps the worst first pitch in the history of Baseball".
Fauci was apparently referring to the White House Rose Garden event on September 26 where Trump announced Judge Amy Coney Barrett was his pick to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.
"I was anxious that he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded, no separation between people, and nearly nobody wearing a mask", Fauci said in an interview to CBS, published on Monday.
"When I saw this on TV, I just said..."
"Some people don't like it scientifically", Trump said of wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a protective measure by his advisers and by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
Trump also implied on the call that some unknown scandal was about to damage Biden, leaving him an "impotent" candidate, and that the former vice president should be in prison.
Following his 60 Minutes interview Tuesday, President Donald Trump sat down with Sinclair's Eric Bolling for a town hall talking about a number of issues, including the USA coronavirus response.
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