Trump Fumes at Fauci, Believes He's Auditioning for CNN Gig - 2020-10-21
In the final two weeks of his re-election campaign, President Donald Trump has turned much of his attention to venting his anger and insecurities at one of his administration's top public-health officials and coronavirus task force members, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
In recent months, Trump has routinely gossiped with close associates and advisers that Fauci is behaving like a member of anti-MAGA "resistance" commentators. In the past few weeks, the president has told multiple people that he believes Fauci is angling to earn the media's adulation and that it at times appears to him that the famous infectious disease expert is "audition[ing]" or "trying to get a job at CNN," according to two sources with knowledge of his private comments.
The result has been increasingly open bitterness from the president towards Fauci even as the pandemic has worsened across the country. President Trump has not indicated that he plans to fire Fauci, multiple individuals who've spoken to Trump about the doctor said, in large part because of the political and media backlash that would invariably ensue. And Fauci recently told The Daily Beast that he has no plans to quit, no matter how uncomfortable or disorderly the COVID task force gets.