“That is really unfortunate. I would wish that that would stop. … there are not differences. The president has listened to what I have said…”
The anti-Trump mainstream media is trying to portray Dr. Anthony Fauci as in some sort of conflict with Trump, with Trump as the villain.
The New York Times wrote, Trump Has Given Unusual Leeway to Fauci, but Aides Say He’s Losing His Patience
But Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, has grown bolder in correcting the president’s falsehoods and overly rosy statements about the spread of the coronavirus in the past two weeks — and he has become a hero to the president’s critics because of it. And now, Mr. Trump’s patience has started to wear thin.
So has the patience of some White House advisers, who see Dr. Fauci as taking shots at the president in some of his interviews with print reporters while offering extensive praise for Mr. Trump in television interviews with conservative hosts.
The president’s latest stabs at a show of unity with Fauci come after a series of interviews, news reports and at least one conspicuous absence have hinted at heightened frustration with the career public health official. Fauci, who has led the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for 3½ decades, has become one of the most widely recognized and respected faces of the federal government’s response to the novel coronavirus.
Morning Joe jumped on the conflict bandwagon:
It’s all the media being malicious.
Fauci appeared in an interview with WMAL and put the lie to that conflict story, and criticized the media for pushing it.
Here is the audio of the full interview:
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Here are some highlights tweeted by WMAL host Vince Congalese (the discussion of conflict with Trump starts at 6:00 in the audio).
DR. FAUCI: “No, I don’t consider the balancing act… the president has the awesome responsibility of considering every aspect of this. I just give public health advice completely clean, unconnected with anything else. He has to factor in other things.”
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FAUCI: “…under very intense discussion. What the president is trying to do is balance the public health issues with the fact this is having an enormous impact on the economy of the country which may actually, indirectly, cause an incredible amount of harm… even health wise.”
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DR. FAUCI says media is trying to “pit” him against
“That is really unfortunate. I would wish that that would stop. … there are not differences. The president has listened to what I have said…
The idea of pitting one against the other is just not helpful.”
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FAUCI: Coronaviruses typically “do not fare as well in the warm, moist weather as opposed to the cold, dry weather.”
“We don’t know. […] wonderful if it happened, but we don’t know whether we’re going to see that as we get into the warmer weather of May, June, July.”
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