White House officials raise questions about Fauci

White House officials raise questions about Fauci

A top U.S. infectious disease expert has denied President Donald Trump's claim that 99% of coronavirus cases were "harmless", saying it is "obviously not" the case.

The president also shared a message critical of the nation's foremost infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

In the early morning, Trump retweeted to his 83 million followers the accusations of a former game show host that "everyone is lying", including the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The weekend saw spikes in new coronavirus cases in the majority of USA states as the White House continued to distance itself from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, whose dire predictions counter the Trump administration's call to fully reopen the economy.

The same official provided a list of Fauci's statements that he believed were incorrect.

NBC notes that this kind of information dump on Fauci is "a move more characteristic of a political campaign furtively disseminating "opposition research" about an opponent than of a White House struggling to contain a pandemic that has already killed more than 135,000 Americans, according to an NBC News tally".

"Confirming Washington Post reporting- WH openly discrediting Fauci", CNN's Kristen Holmes tweeted.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany talks to reporters during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington on June 30, 2020. I've had for a long time, right from the beginning.

The attempt to discredit Fauci to advance the president's false statements on the virus alarmed public health experts.

Sources told the outlet that "part of [Trump's] irritation is over the "good press" Fauci has received". A recent interview in the Financial Times makes it clear that Fauci is incredibly frustrated by the country's haphazard response to the pandemic.

Other administration officials have informed CNN that while they have disagreements with Fauci's strategies, they really don't doubt his motives, and that his only problem was public wellbeing.

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.

In recent weeks a rift has opened between Fauci and the White House, with the expert in interviews bluntly criticizing errors in the USA response to the pandemic. The tension in between the two gentlemen has grown publicly as the two have responded to a single yet another by way of interviews and statements.

Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at Health and Human Services Michael Caputo said Sunday there was no White House-versus-the scientists narrative.

"We have excellent faith in the capability of all of our researchers and medical doctors on the coronavirus taskforce to impart vital general public well being facts".

Fauci is scheduled to be in the West Wing Monday for meetings.

In latest interviews, he brazenly questioned the advice he'd acquired from Fauci at the start off of the outbreak. "I mean, we're just not".

He said the USA didn't shut down entirely like some other countries, and that's why coronavirus case numbers went up, started to come down and then plateaued at a relatively high level of about 20,000 infections per day. "He are unable to stand the actuality that the American folks have confidence in Dr. Fauci and they do not belief Donald Trump - and so he has to tear him down".

"It's really important to get kids physically back in school, but we have to do that safely", Giroir said. Dr. Fauci has also not let being sidelined keep him quiet.

President Trump has been taking aim at Dr. Fauci in recent days, including, a recent appearance on Hannity.

"I think people want to know from the scientists that the vaccine is safe, that it is effective, that it will not do more harm than good", she told Blitzer on "The Situation Room".

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".

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