Donald Trump’s relationship with top White House infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci may be more strained than ever, as Fauci continues to push back against plans to reopen the economy
Case in point, Donald Trump recently dropped the hammer on Fauci, saying that the top doc’s warnings against reopening schools are “not an acceptable answer” after Fauci’s Wednesday testimony before the Senate.
Trump and Fauci have maintained a cordial relationship throughout the coronavirus crisis, and this is one of the first times that Trump has made a point to directly push back against Fauci’s recommendations.
Fauci testified in a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday that it is “a bit of a bridge too far” to expect vaccines or treatments to be available to facilitate “the reentry of students into the fall term.”
Fauci also warned to be “careful we are not cavalier in thinking that children are completely immune from the deleterious effects” of the virus, despite the fact that mortality rates for COVID-19 patients under the age of 18 are nearly zero.
Trump disagreed, telling reporters that “I think they should open the schools, absolutely. It’s [COVID-19] had very little effect on young people.”
“[Dr.] Anthony [Fauci] is a good person, a very good person – I’ve disagreed with him,” Trump later told Fox Host Maria Bartiromo. “We have to get the schools open, we have to get our country open, we have to open our country. Now we want to do it safely, but we also want to do it as quickly as possible, we can’t keep going on like this … We have to get it open. I totally disagree with him on schools.”
Despite Fauci’s objections to and Trump’s promotion of getting the nation back to school, the White House’s official position is that decisions about when to return students to the classroom will be left up to state leaders.