White House Official Attacks Fauci In Op-Ed

A senior White House official attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci in a new op-ed, continuing an effort by President Donald Trump and his allies to discredit the infectious diseases expert as COVID-19 infections and deaths soar.

The column adds to an ongoing White House smear campaign against Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and has been the government’s leading voice admonishing Americans to take the coronavirus seriously.

The White House, through unnamed officials, has in recent days been trying to discredit Fauci by cherry-picking statements he made about the novel coronavirus earlier in the year, when much was unknown. In the months since, as Trump and his followers have urged states to lift precautions and reopen businesses, Fauci has continued to advise caution.

The White House has also limited Fauci’s television interviews. Fauci, known for his blunt and honest analysis, has largely gone missing from the major TV networks, appearing instead on podcasts, livestreams and other smaller outlets with his message urging Americans to heed social distancing precautions and wear face masks. 

Coronavirus infections and deaths are surging in many parts of the U.S. ― especially in states that bowed to Trump’s pressure ― while other countries have largely contained the pandemic.

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