Opa-Locka, Florida — According to reports, President Donald Trump suggested during a rally in Florida that he would fire Dr. Anthony Fauci.
During his speech, Trump expressed that the covid-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 230,000 people in the United States, is "turning around.” In addition, complained that the press is paying a lot of attention to the Covid-19. This would then be followed by the crowd began chanting "Fire Fauci".
"Don't tell anyone, but let me wait until a little after the election, please,” Trump said. “I appreciate the advice.”
Unfortunately for Trump, he couldn’t directly fire Fauci. The doctor is not a presidential appointee. However, if the president would legitimately want a removal of the doctor, plausible ways of doing so are by pressuring Fauci’s boss, Dr. Francis Collins. In addition, applying pressure to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, to dismiss Fauci, per reports.
Fauci has confirmed however, he’s been relieved of his duties of briefing the President. Moreover, has been replaced by Dr. Scott Atlas, whom the President has leaned heavily upon on for advice regarding the coronavirus. However, Fauci doesn’t seem to confident in Trump’s decision.
“I have real problems with that guy,” Fauci said. “He’s a smart guy who’s talking about things that I believe he doesn’t have any real insight or knowledge or experience in. He keeps talking about things that when you dissect it out and parse it out, it doesn’t make any sense.”
The federal government's top infectious disease expert, has been increasingly critical of the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus. Warning in a recent interview with The Washington Post that the country faces "a lot of damage" as winter approaches.
“We’re in for a whole lot of hurt. It’s not a good situation,” said Fauci. “All the stars are aligned in the wrong place as you go into the fall and winter season, with people congregating at home indoors. You could not possibly be positioned more poorly.”
Fauci praised the position of Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate and Trump's rival, in the face of the pandemic. In contrast to the president's position of prioritizing the economy.
Judd Deere, who is the White House spokesman, responded to Fauci’s comments. He stated that, Trump always puts people’s well-being first. In addition, claimed that Fauci had decided, “to play politics” before the election. Deere says Fauci, “has a duty to express concerns or push for a change in strategy” but instead is “choosing to criticize the president in the media and make his political leanings known.”
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Trump has expressed his annoyance towards Fauci and the rest of the panel of health experts, accusing them of exaggerating the situation, and even calling them idiots during a virtual meeting with his campaign team.
It is without question that the president’s words on Fauci won’t fall on deaf ears as the election draws near. In addition, puts the coronavirus yet again on center stage.