THE WHITE House is said to be irked after the country's lead Coronavirus expert Anthony Fauci appeared to be "playing politics" during a recent interview.
Speaking to the Washington Post, Dr. Fauci said that Joe Biden's campaign was taking the pandemic "seriously from a public health perspective".
However, the doctor also claimed that Trump's campaign was "looking at a different perspective. Namely that of the economy and reopening the country."
Fauci added: "We're in for a whole lot of hurt. It's not a good situation.
"All the stars are aligned in the wrong place as you go into the fall and winter season, with people congregating at home indoors.
"You could not possibly be positioned more poorly".
Judd Deere, Deputy Press Secretary, and Deputy Assistant to Trump slammed Fauci's criticism of the President and called it "unacceptable".
"It's unacceptable and breaking with all norms for Dr. Fauci, a senior member of the President's Coronavirus Taskforce and someone who has praised President Trump's actions throughout this pandemic, to choose three days before an election to play politics," Mr. Deere said in a statement today.
He added: "As a member of the Task Force, Dr. Fauci has a duty to express concerns or push for a change in strategy, but he's not done that, instead choosing to criticize the President in the media and make his political leanings known by praising the President's opponent."
In response to Fauci's interview, current favorite of the president Scott Atlas posted on Saturday night to Twitter: "#Insecurity #EmbarrassingHimself #Exposed #CantThrowABall #NoTimeForPolitics"
Atlas, a neuroradiologist, has recently been favored by Trump because his guidance is more closely aligned with the President's own views which is to reopen the country and let the virus spread among healthy young people.
However Fauci disagrees.
"I have real problems with that guy," Fauci said.
"He's a smart guy who's talking about things that I believe he doesn't have any real insight or knowledge or experience in.
"He keeps talking about things that when you dissect it out and parse it out, it doesn't make any sense."
Earlier this month the President called Dr. Fauci "an idiot" and said that people are "tired of hearing about Covid".
The president made the comments during a call with his campaign staff on October 19 that reporters got on.
"People are saying whatever. Just leave us alone. They're tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots…" Trump said, according to Politico.
Despite slamming the coronavirus expert, the president went on to say "Fauci is a nice guy" before saying "he's been here for 500 years."
During the call, Trump also insisted that if he had listened to Fauci's advice there would be "700,000, 800,000 deaths."
Trump also called Fauci a "disaster," who is a "bomb" when he goes on TV, but a "bigger bomb if you fire him."
"If there's a reporter on, you can have it just the way I said it. I couldn’t care less," the president said following the heated comments.
In response, Fauci quoted The Godfather after the president's blistering attack.
The coronavirus expert dubbed Trump's comments as a "distraction" and revealed he didn't want to get tangled in a “me against the president."
He told the Southern California radio station: "I would prefer not to comment on that and just get on with what we are really trying to do and what we are trying to do is to protect the health and welfare and safety of the American people predominantly and ultimately, of the world."
Before quoting The GodFather, Fauci insisted that talking about coronavirus issues is "the only thing he really cares about."
Fauci then stated: "That other stuff, it’s like in 'The Godfather': Nothing personal, strictly business as far as I’m concerned.
"I just want to do my job and take care of the people of this country."
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