It looks like President Trump and administration officials have finally had enough of the US infectious disease chief, Dr Anthony Fauci.
A Trump administration official said on Sunday that “several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Anthony Fauci has been wrong on things.”
President Trump and other members of his administration have recently said they don’t always agree with Fauci’s blunt assessments of the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, in an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity the president said that Fauci “has made a lot of mistakes.”
A leaked White House memo targeting Fauci, who serves as a member of the coronavirus task force, was reported by several news outlets on Monday.
ABC News reports: The news of the document comes as two senior level White House sources tell ABC News that Fauci has at times been referred to among aides to President Donald Trump as “Dr. Gloom and Doom.”
The document, obtained by ABC News from sources who confirmed the effort to discredit Fauci, says in part that “several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things.”
The document goes on to list examples of what the White House views as Fauci contradicting himself.
One example in the short document is a comment made by Fauci on NBC’s Today Show in late February that “at this moment, there is no need to change anything that you’re doing on a day-by-day basis.”
However, that was not the full statement Fauci made during the interview.
“Right now the risk is still low, but this could change,” Fauci also told the Today Show at the time. “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.”
In addition to Fauci sometimes being referring to as “Dr. Gloom and Doom,” sources say the nickname has been used at times to describe other medical professionals on the task force.
In conversations with sources within the White House and within the larger task force apparatus, officials also described a direct effort to block Fauci from media appearances.
Fauci said Friday that he hasn’t seen Trump in person since June 2.