Donald Trump Threatens To Fire Anthony Fauci After Election

US President Donald Trump suggested early Monday that he would fire Dr. Anthony Fauci after Tuesday’s election, as his differences with the country’s top infectious disease expert grew. The United States is experiencing its most alarming coronavirus outbreak since the spring.

During a rally in Opa-locka, Florida, Trump expressed frustration that the spike in the virus, which has killed more than 230,000 Americans so far this year, continues to be a prominent topic in the news, prompting a chorus of “Fire Fauci” among his followers.

“Don’t tell anyone, but let me wait until a little bit after the election,” Trump told thousands of supporters shortly after midnight Sunday, adding that he appreciated their “advice.”

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Trump’s words about Fauci less than 48 hours after the polls close practically ensure that his handling of the pandemic will be a crucial issue in the elections.

These are the most direct comments from the president that he is seriously considering removing Fauci. In the past, he had said he was concerned about the political backlash to remove the popular and respected expert before the elections.

In recent days, Fauci has voiced his harshest criticisms to date of the White House response to the coronavirus and of Trump’s public claims that the country is “rebounding” from the virus.

The expert has been increasingly explicit that Trump ignored his advice to contain the virus, noting that he has not spoken with the president in more than a month. He has also warned that the country is heading for a difficult winter if more is not done, and soon, to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In an interview with the Washington Post this weekend, Fauci warned that the United States will have to face “a lot of pain” in the coming weeks due to the increase in cases of the coronavirus.

The United States “could not be in a worse position” to curb infections in the face of the colder months of fall and winter, when more people congregate indoors, he added. The United States would have to make a “sharp change” in its public health precautions, he said.

Fauci said he believed that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden “takes it seriously from a public health perspective,” while Trump “sees it from a different perspective.” Fauci, who is part of the White House task force against the coronavirus, said that this perspective prioritizes “the economy and reopening the country.”

White House spokesman Judd Deere responded to the expert’s words by stating that Trump has always put the welfare of the people first and said Fauci had decided to “play politics” just before Tuesday’s election. Deere said Fauci “has a duty to voice his concerns or push for a change in strategy” but had instead “decided to criticize the president in the media and publicize his political leanings.”

In recent days, Trump has redoubled his attacks on Biden for promising to follow the recommendations of scientists to deal with the pandemic. Trump has claimed that his rival would “shut down” the country again. Biden has promised to hear warnings from Fauci and other medical professionals, but has not endorsed another national quarantine.

Other members of the White House coronavirus team have made increasingly critical statements for what they see as a dangerous rebound in the virus.

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