While some in the media play up reports of tensions between President Donald Trump and infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former attempted to put such concerns to bed this week.
During a recent Fox News Channel interview, the president stated that everything is fine between him and his coronavirus task force adviser.
“A very good relationship”
Trump and some officials within his administration have expressed criticism of Fauci and have noted that his recommendations in response to the ongoing public health crisis have been inconsistent as understanding of the virus has evolved.
“Dr. Fauci’s made some mistakes,” Trump again acknowledged in response to a question during the recent interview.
Nevertheless, he said that the two remain in communication and are on good terms as the White House continues working on a federal response to the pandemic.
“But I have a good — I spoke to him yesterday at length,” Trump said of Fauci in the Fox News Sunday appearance. “I have a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci.”
The president has also referred to Fauci as “a little bit of an alarmist,” prompting a response from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director.
“People have their opinion”
“Well, I mean people have their opinion about my reaction to things,” Fauci said earlier this month. “I consider myself more a realist than an alarmist.”
More recently, Trump retweeted comments critical of Fauci, and those posts resulted in Fauci facing related questions the following day seeking his reaction.
“I don’t tweet, I don’t even read them,” Fauci said on Tuesday. “So I don’t really want to go there. I just will continue to do my job no matter what comes out, because I think it’s very important.”
He declared that he has “not been misleading the American public under any circumstances,” regardless of the allegations made in the tweets amplified by the president.
As with any two leaders, there is bound to be some friction between Trump and Fauci. Both continue to maintain, however, that they are fighting on the same team as part of a national response to COVID-19.