President Donald Trump arrives to speak during his campaign event at the Miami-Opa Luka Executive Airport on November 1, 2020 in Opa Luka, Florida.
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President Donald Trump suggested early on Monday that he might seek to sack the highly respected member of the Coronavirus Task Force, Anthony Fauci, after Fauci criticized Trump’s handling of the virus.
Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, objected to Trump’s repeated assertions that the US fight against the virus was “nearing a turn” when in fact tens of thousands of people were infected every day.
“We are in a lot of harm’s way. It’s not a good situation,” Fauci told the Washington Post on Friday. “All the stars are aligned in the wrong place as you enter the fall and winter seasons, as people congregate in their homes. You couldn’t be worse off.”
When Trump defended his handling of the virus at a late-night campaign rally at Oba Luca Airport in the Miami area, the “Fauci Fauci” hymn erupted.
In response to the cheer, Trump said: “Don’t tell anyone, but let me wait a little after the election.”
Election day falls on Tuesday, and Trump lags Democratic challenger Joe Biden in polls.
Fauci is one of the most famous health experts in the United States, a fact Trump has cited in the past to avoid getting tangled up with him.