White House attacks on Fauci described as 'nuclear grade bananas' - 2020-07-13

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F0.png White House attacks on Fauci described as 'nuclear grade bananas' July 13, 2020, Steve Benen, MSNBC

On March 23, as the coronavirus crisis in the United States was coming into focus, Donald Trump held a White House press briefing and was asked whether he planned to follow Dr. Anthony Fauci's recommendations. "Sure," the president replied. "I would certainly -- he's very important to me, and I would -- I will be listening to him."

That was Act One: a period in which Trump saw Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as a trusted source who could help guide the White House's response to the pandemic. Act Two, which unfolded gradually over the ensuing months, saw the president start to ignore and marginalize Fauci, who had the audacity to present Trump with information that was politically unsatisfying.

We've now reached Act Three, in which the president's indifference has transitioned into overt hostility. As NBC News reported, the White House is now "seeking to discredit" Fauci.

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