PRESIDENT Donald Trump has reignited his feud with Dr Anthony Fauci, saying he “inherited" the nation's top doc from his predecessors.
Trump told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham during an interview that aired on Monday that he doesn’t always agree with the nation’s top infectious disease expert.
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"I disagree with a lot of what he said," Trump said when asked whether he would place Fauci “front and center” during the White House’s coronavirus response.
He continued: "I get along with him, but every once in a while, he'll come up with one that I say, 'Where did that come from?'"
"I inherited him. He was here. He was part of this huge piece of machine."
Fauci has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.
He’s served under six presidents – starting with Ronald Reagan, who was president from 1981 until 1989.
While Fauci has urged caution and sounded the alarm about coronavirus, Trump and others in his administration have downplayed Fauci’s pleas for safety.
In April, it was reported that Trump was asking his key allies what they thought about Fauci – and even retweeted a post calling for the top doctor’s firing.
The White House later confirmed Trump wasn’t planning on firing Fauci.
In July, Fauci said the White House’s attacks against him were “bizarre” and that, “Ultimately, it hurts the president."
Last month, Trump lashed out at Fauci after he testified before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis in Washington, DC.
Fauci was asked why cases were declining in European countries while the United States has seen a surge.
“If you look at what happened in Europe when they shut down or locked down or went to shelter-in-place, however you want to describe it, they really did it to the tune of about 95-plus percent of the country did that,” Fauci explained.
“When you actually look at what we did, even though we shut down, even though it created a great deal of difficulty, we really functionally shut down only about 50 percent, in the sense of the totality of the country,” he continued.
After returning from a golfing session, Trump disputed Fauci's expert opinion, tweeting: “Wrong!”
“If we tested less, there would be less cases,” he claimed,
“How did Italy, France & Spain do? Now Europe sadly has flare ups. Most of our governors worked hard & smart. We will come back STRONG!”
On ABC News’ Good Morning America on Tuesday, Fauci said he and Trump are on the “same team” – and said “I think he does” when asked if Trump trusts him.
“I think when you get statements like that, that doesn’t really reflect what actually goes on. I mean, I was at the White House yesterday at a task force meeting with the vice president.
“Everything that we discussed … gets to the president, and he understands that. So I think that’s kind of a distraction to pit me against the president.
"We’re all on the same team.”
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