Tensions between the White House coronavirus task force and President Trump are rising. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert on the panel just went rogue in a Tuesday morning interview, firing back at accusations of poor policy decisions.
After President Trump shared a tweet from Dr. Lee Vliet that Fauci has “misled” the public about COIVD-19, Fauci said in a Tuesday morning “Good Morning America” appearance that “I have not been misleading the American public.”
Interviewers directly addressed rumors that Fauci and Trump are currently at odds, asking Fauci about how he will handle Trump’s tweets that appear to be in direct opposition to Fauci’s policy recommendations.
“I don’t know how to address that. I’m just going to certainly continue doing my job,” he said, adding that he avoids Twitter. “I just will continue to do my job no matter what comes out because I think it’s very important.”
Trump has also called Fauci “little bit of an alarmist,” in recent days, and indicated that he believes Fauci has led the nation astray at times. Both Fauci and Trump have managed to maintain a cordial public relationship to this point, but the most recent kerfuffle over hydroxychloroquine has reignited tensions between public health officials and the GOP.
The group America’s Frontline Doctors held an impromptu Washington D.C. press conference on Monday at the capitol about the hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that shows promise in the treatment of COVID-19.
According to Breitbart, “The video accumulated over 17 million views during the eight hours it was hosted on Facebook, with over 185,000 concurrent viewers” — but hard-left media giants Youtube, Google, Twitter, and Facebook have scrubbed the videos from the sites.
Hydroxychloroquine has been so highly politicized that public health officials are allowing the media overlords to dictate how public health policy is created, and Dr. Fauci hasn’t pushed back. He still hasn’t commented on the egregious censorship of frontline physicians.