White House Moves To Discredit Fauci Amid Bleak Warnings Over Coronavirus Surge - 2020-07-13
Trump administration officials moved to undercut Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday amid reports the White House is sidelining the nation's top infectious disease expert as cases of the coronavirus continue to surge.
Both The Washington Post and NBC News said they received statements from the White House trying to discredit Fauci, who has given bleak interviews and issued dire warnings in recent days as the number of infections climb to record-breaking levels. The doctor's assessments have stood in stark contrast to President Donald Trump's push to reopen the country while claiming states with troubling levels of infections are "going to be fine."
"Several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things," the unnamed official said in a statement to the outlets. The aide included a list of nearly a dozen comments Fauci made early during the pandemic, before scientists developed an understanding of the novel virus.