President Trump last night launched a fresh attack on his administration’s public health expert as the White House maintained its denial of any smear campaign against Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Mr Trump retweeted posts from former game show host Chuck Woolery — who presented “Wheel of Fortune” and “Love Connection” — which referenced the “most outrageous lies” being disseminated about the coronavirus pandemic.
In a post retweeted by the President, Mr Woolery wrote: “Everyone is lying.
“The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most, that we are told to trust.
“I think it’s all about the election and keeping the economy from coming back, which is about the election. I’m sick of it.”
In another message retweeted by Mr Trump, Mr Woolery wrote: “There is so much evidence, yes scientific evidence, that schools should open this fall.
“It’s worldwide and it’s overwhelming. BUT NO.”
In a further attack on Dr Fauci’s expertise, Mr Trump retweeted a tweet from Mark Young, Mr Woolery’s co-host on his “Blunt Force Truth” podcast, which asked: “So based on Dr. Fauci and the Democrats, I will need an ID card to go shopping but not to vote?”
But despite Mr Trump’s public support for the incendiary tweets, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany maintained that Mr Trump and Dr Fauci “have always had a good working relationship.”
The White House reportedly told various media outlets that several of its officials were “concerned about the number of times Dr Fauci has been wrong on things.”
It then reportedly followed the claims with a list of statements the expert made in the early days of the pandemic that could tarnish his reputation in retrospect.
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But Mr Trump’s claims in an interview last Tuesday with Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren may suggest otherwise, as the President said: “I think we are in a good place. I disagree with him.”
And speaking with Fox News’ Sean Hannity last Thursday, Mr Trump said that “Dr Fauci is a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes.”
Other top administration officials, including White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, have mirrored Mr Trump’s actions by discrediting the physician and immunologist’s advice.
In a story published Saturday on The Washington Post, Mr Navarro said: “Dr Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public but he has been wrong about everything I have ever interacted with him on.
He added: “So when you ask me if I listen to Dr Fauci’s advice, my answer is only with caution.”