According to The Hill, President Donald Trump has recently suggested that infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci’s days in government may be numbered.
Fauci is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the White House coronavirus task force member who has been receiving a lot of television time since the start of the pandemic last spring. The president, although not always happy with the way Fauci has gone about his job, has put up with him. But, now it appears that Fauci may have crossed a line.
This story started on Sunday when Fuaci decided, just days before the presidential election, to bash the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus while praising the approach of Democratic President Nominee Joe Biden.
The Washington Post reports:
Fauci said former vice president Joe Biden’s campaign “is taking it seriously from a public health perspective.” Trump, Fauci said, is “looking at it from a different perspective.” He said that perspective was “the economy and reopening the country.”
Fauci went on to claim that he was just trying “to get the message out” because, according to him, the “public health aspect” of the White House Coronavirus Task Force “has diminished greatly.”
Try as the doctor might to justify his statement, though, it sure did sound as though he was doing some campaigning for team Biden. And, that is how the Trump administration interpreted it as well.
The White House responds
Following the Post’s interview of Fauci, the White House put out a statement, saying, “It’s unacceptable and breaking with all norms for Dr. Fauci, a senior member of the President’s Coronavirus Task Force and someone who has praised President Trump’s actions throughout this pandemic, to choose three days before an election to play politics.”
The White House added:
As a member of the Task Force, Dr. Fauci has a duty to express concerns or push for a change in strategy, but he’s not done that, instead choosing to criticize the President in the media and make his political leanings known by praising the President’s opponent — exactly what the American people have come to expect from The Swamp.
The final straw
Then, on Monday, President Trump, during a rally in Florida, suggested that Fauci’s days in government may be numbered.
After audience members began chanting, “Fire Fauci! Fire Fauci!” the president responded: “Don’t tell anybody but let me wait ’til a little bit after the election. I appreciate the advice.”
Forbes reports that President Trump signed an executive order in mid-October that could make it possible for his administration to fire someone like Fauci from his position as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
We can’t say that he’d be missed.