World News – US – Trump calls Fauci ‘disaster’, avoids virus as infections skyrocket


With two weeks left of his re-election campaign, President Trump has made the coronavirus his message and Dr.Anthony S Fauci his sheet, dismissing science advisers as « those idiots »

WASHINGTON – President Trump attacked Dr Anthony S Fauci as « a disaster » on Monday and said, despite signs the nation was heading for another coronavirus peak, people were « tired » of hearing talk about the virus by « those idiots » in the government

The closing message, in a conference call with campaign staff just two weeks before election day, was not the closing message Trump’s advisers were looking for He has threatened to focus the electorate squarely on the president’s response to the coronavirus and pitted it against Dr Fauci, who, as the country’s top infectious disease specialist, is a career government scientist whom the public loves and does. much more trust than M Asset

In increasingly vocal terms, Dr Fauci has parted ways with the White House and warned Americans to « curl up » and prepare for a harsh winter – a message at odds with Mr. Trump reiterated, albeit bogus, assurances the nation is « turning the corner » on a pandemic that has claimed the lives of approximately 220,000 Americans

« People are tired of Covid », M Trump complained about the call, to which several reporters were invited « I have the biggest rallies I’ve ever had And we have Covid People say, ‘It doesn’t matter Leave us alone’ They’re fed up « 

He added: « People are tired of hearing Fauci and these idiots, all these idiots who got it wrong »

Dr Fauci’s warnings backed up by numbers More than 70,450 new cases of coronavirus were reported in the United States on Friday, the highest figure since July 24, according to a New York Times database More than 900 new deaths have been recorded And over the past week there has been an average of 56,615 cases per day, a 30% increase from the average two weeks earlier

But beyond pushing for a vaccine, the Trump administration has refrained from dealing aggressively with the threat, instead pushing to fully open up the economy and get kids back to school

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The White House Coronavirus Task Force, which met daily at the start of the pandemic, now meets about once a week and holds a weekly conference call with governors, usually to discuss topics specifics such as tests and advice in retirement homes Much of its agenda focuses on crucial issues such as reimbursement for vaccines, national and national stocks and whether cruise ships should be allowed to sail.

« The administration’s coronavirus strategy is fundamentally rooted in the fundamental goal of saving lives and helping our country open up and stay open safely, » said Michael Bars, a White House spokesperson « As always, issues related to coronaviruses receive the appropriate attention, consultation and input from the experts on the working group »

Mr. Trump’s Pandemic Advisor, Dr. Scott W Atlas, a neuroradiologist with no experience in infectious diseases or epidemiology, is a rising power in the White House, adopting a response that calls for enabling the coronavirus to spread naturally while protecting only the most vulnerable Over the weekend, Twitter deleted a post in which Dr Atlas questioned the effectiveness of wearing a mask, decreeing disinformation

Ideas like this have led to internal clashes – and sometimes turf wars – pitting Dr Atlas against Dr Fauci and Dr Deborah L Birx, the coronavirus response coordinator

With polls showing the president lagging behind his Democratic opponent Joseph R Biden Jr, the campaign call was meant to focus on a big positive message, especially on the economy, with reporters listening and most of the campaign staff participating The call started with Mr. Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien on Republican ground play and other factors he says back Mr. Trump’s path to victory

In addition to proclaiming Dr. Fauci an idiot, Mr. Trump also considered him a « nice » guy – although the one who in M Trump’s point of view stuck too long

« He’s been here for 500 years, » the president said, adding: « Whenever he’s on TV there’s always a bomb, but there’s a bigger bomb if you shoot him This guy is a disaster « 

And at a campaign rally in Prescott, Ariz. on Monday, M Trump used Dr Fauci to ridicule Mr. Biden’s plan against the coronavirus

« Biden wants to lock him down He wants to listen to Dr Fauci, » the president said, referring to economic restrictions linked to coronavirus (Dr Fauci, speaking to a group of pathologists last week, said no one is wanted to « close the country again »)

The Biden campaign, which emphasized the promise of listening to science rather than politics, happily responded: “Mr. President, you are right about one thing: the American people are tired They are tired of your lies about this virus « 

Last week, Dr Fauci, a career government scientist who has advised six presidents, blamed the president’s campaign – but not Mr. Trump himself – to quote it « completely out of context » and without his permission in a campaign advertisement Then, in an interview with the CBS show « 60 Minutes » that aired Sunday, Dr Fauci said he did not was not surprised that the president contracted the coronavirus, given the White House’s lack of precautions

« DrTony Fauci says we don’t allow him to do TV, yet I saw him last night on @ 60Minutes, and he seems to have more airtime than anyone since the late Bob Hope, » the president said on Twitter

Then the president, returning to Dr Le Fauci’s pitch on the opening day of the baseball season here, added a postscript: « PS Tony should stop wearing the Washington Nationals mask for two Reasons Firstly, it doesn’t live up to the high standards he should be exhibiting Number Two, it reminds me that Tony threw maybe the worst first pitch in baseball history! ”

Mr. Trump’s blowout has generated backlash Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee and Chairman of the Senate Health Committee, called Dr. Fauci « one of our country’s most eminent public servants « 

« If more Americans would heed his advice, » Mr. Alexander wrote on Twitter: « We would have fewer cases of COVID-19, & it would be safer to go back to & school back to work & to eat »

Neither Dr Fauci nor officials from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which he heads, responded to a request for comment But in an interview with The Times last week, before Mr. Final comments from Trump, Dr Fauci expressed concern for the months ahead and resisted the idea that the nation was in a « second wave » because « we never completely got out of the first wave »

« I have said it many times, and I will say it again, » he said, « this is not a good position to be in the colder fall months and months. the coldest of winter »

Since Dr. Fauci emerged as a right-wing political villain, he’s been credited with a federal security detail He and his wife, Christine Grady, a bioethicist at the National Institutes of Health, have been threatened by email, phone and SMS They were even heckled in the streets on their late night walks, although Dr Fauci is also occasionally stopped by admirers thanking him and asking to take selfies Their daughters have also been harassed

Dr Fauci’s presence in the White House, where he has been a staple of his decades-long career advising presidents on epidemics, and on television, where he has often appeared to comment on the pandemic, has been severely limited During the summer, M Trump’s press office attempted to undermine him with an anonymously assigned list of what he said were his errors in judgment at the start of the coronavirus, which they sent to news media organizations

In a half-hour one-on-one with Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, in July, Dr Fauci confronted him about the move and attempts to ignore or block its appearances in the media

At a working group meeting in late September, Dr Fauci and Dr Birx confronted Dr Atlas over a claim he made to the group in support of his call for schools and businesses to reopen: that parts of the country – including New York – were close to 40-50% immunity, which he said would be enough to slow the spread of the virus

Scientists and public health experts say that would not be enough to achieve widespread immunity The two demanded that he show evidence of the argument, according to two senior administration officials who attended the ‘exchange, which was reported earlier by the Washington Post

After Dr Atlas arrived at the White House over the summer and was granted virtually unlimited access to M Trump, Dr Birx has stopped briefing the President on the pandemic

Dr Fauci also clashed privately with Dr Atlas over the science behind wearing face masks Dr Atlas told task force members that mask warrants in states like Hawaii are proof of their futility in infection prevention

« The role of public policy here is to get rid of fear, as opposed to what public health officials who are faced with this continue to do, which is to instill fear, » Dr Atlas said in an interview

“Young people have very little exposure to this,” he said. “In fact, for people under 70 years of age, the mortality per case is less than 05 percent”

Mr Trump has often questioned Dr Fauci’s recommendations and frequently rejects basic health advice, including wearing masks. At a rally on Sunday and again on Monday, Mr. Trump laughed at M Biden for listening to scientists on how to fight the virus « If I was totally listening to the scientists, we would have a country right now that is in a massive depression, » said M Trump said on Sunday

Mr. Trump also bristled at Dr. Fauci’s top approval ratings A poll released late last month by the Non-Partisan Kaiser Family Foundation found 68% of Americans trust Dr. Fauci either a lot or enough to provide reliable information about the virus, while only 40% trust M Asset

In the « 60 Minutes » interview, Dr Fauci spoke about the President’s staff inability to take basic precautions during White House events, including the announcement of the appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

“I was afraid he would get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of overcrowding, no separation between people and hardly anyone wearing a mask,” Dr Fauci said, “When I ‘saw this on TV, I said,’ Oh my God Nothing good can come out of this It must be a problemAnd then, of course, it turned out to be a very common occurrence « 

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World News – US – Trump calls Fauci « a disaster », avoids virus as infections skyrocket



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