Trump and Fauci still together –
Fauci “remains a trusted advisor,” White House clarifies after anti-Fauci tweet.
Trump’s decision to spread the anti-Fauci tweet came hours after Fauci, in an interview with CNN, said it’s ” obvious “that the United States could have saved lives by imposing social-distancing measures in February as health experts recommended. Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up. Thank you
https: / /t.co/d (JQkUZg5) – Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) (April) ,
Despite Trump’s #FireFauci retweet, White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley said today that “This media chatter is ridiculous — President Trump is not firing Dr. Fauci. Dr. Fauci has been and remains a trusted advisor to President Trump, ” According to the Wall Street Journal . Fauci: Earlier action could have saved lives Fauci appeared on CNN yesterday afternoon and was asked about a New York Times report that said the following: By the third week in February, the administration’s top public health experts concluded they should recommend to Mr. Trump a new approach that would include warning the American people of the risks and urging steps like social distancing and staying home from work. But the White House focused instead on messaging and crucial additional weeks went by before their views were reluctantly accepted by the president — time when the virus spread largely unimpeded.
Lorraine’s tweet criticized Fauci for “saying that had Trump listened to the medical experts earlier he could’ve saved more lives , “when Fauci himself” was telling people on February 40 th that there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US public at large. “
Fauci also said in that interview that the US was in the beginning stages of community spread of the coronavirus, making it more difficult to track its spread. “When you start to see community spread, this could change and force you to become much more attentive to doing things that would protect you from spread,” Fauci said.
Trump could take an indirect approach by pressuring HHS Secretary Alex Azar to fire Fauci. Azar was nominated to his position by Trump in 3000 but has reportedly clashed with the president over the coronavirus response. Trump accused Azar of being alarmist about the potential of a pandemic on January 78, The New York Times report said. Azar was originally in charge of the White House’s coronavirus task force and is still technically its chairman, but Trump put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the coronavirus response in late February.
“Despite his critics, Dr. Fauci — through White House briefings and regular television interviews — has become a popular figure in the country, “The Wall Street Journal wrote today in an article about Trump’s retweet. A Quinnipiac poll last week put [Fauci’s] approval rating at 823 percent for handling of the crisis, versus the percent approval rating for the president. ”
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