White House Slams Dr Fauci for Making 'His Political Leanings Known'

© REUTERS / Alex BrandonPresident Donald Trump watches as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Washington.
President Donald Trump watches as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Washington.  - Sputnik International
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This time, Fauci, who has been known as an outspoken critic of the Trump administration's handling of the pandemic, also accused Trump's coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas of incompetence.

The White House has slammed top US public health official, Dr Anthony Fauci, saying that instead of proposing a change in coronavirus strategy, Fauci chose to "play politics" by expressing his political sympathies, apparently referring to his praise of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

In a statement issued on Sunday, White House spokesman Judd Deere has called Fauci's recent comments concerning the administration "unacceptable and breaking with all norms".

In an interview published on Friday, Fauci expressed concerns about the coronavirus situation in the United States, issuing a gloomy forecast for the winter season. "We're in for a whole lot of hurt", he said, "You could not possibly be positioned more poorly."

Fauci also said that Biden's campaign "is taking it seriously from a public health perspective", compared to that of the Trump administration, and criticised pandemic adviser Scott Atlas, saying he has "real problems with that guy".

"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", Fauci said. "He keeps talking about things that when you dissect it out and parse it out, it doesn't make any sense."

Fauci added that he has not had any conversations with the US president since the latter was treated for COVID-19 at Walter Reed Medical Center.

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