Fact check: Peter Navarro's claims about Dr. Anthony Fauci are misleading, lack context - 2020-07-16
WASHINGTON – Peter Navarro, a senior trade adviser to President Donald Trump, has taken aim at Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and a member of the president's coronavirus task force.
Navarro wrote an opinion piece in USA TODAY that was initially published Tuesday night – and then the next morning in print – as an "opposing view" to a newspaper editorial that hailed Fauci a "national treasure" and that said efforts by President Donald Trump or his team to muzzle Fauci would be hazardous.
Bill Sternberg, USA TODAY's editorial page editor, said editors approached Navarro about writing the opposing view. The newspaper has a tradition of offering opposing views to its editorials. Some of the comments Navarro made echoed ones he had made earlier about Fauci.
The White House, which had not repudiated Navarro's earlier comments, sought to distance itself from Navarro's opinion piece, with director of strategic communications Alyssa Farah writing on Twitter that it was "the opinion of Peter alone." Trump has insisted he has a "very good relationship" with Fauci but has also criticized him. However, on Wednesday Trump said of the Navarro piece, "he shouldn't be doing that."