(Liberty Bell) – National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci is calling on the shameless media to stop “pitting” him against President Donald Trump as the two men work side-by-side to battle one of the worst pandemics our nation has seen in decades.
Dr. Fauci was asked about this division the media is trying to cause by The Mall Podcast, hosted by Vince Coglianese, on Tuesday.
“That is really unfortunate. I would wish that would stop because we have a much bigger problem here than trying to point out differences,” Dr. Fauci said. “There really, fundamentally at the core … are not differences.”
Fauci went on to say that the president is receptive to the opinions of other experts on the White House coronavirus.
“The president has listened to what I have said and what the other people on the task force have said,” Fauci said. “When I have made recommendations he has taken them. The idea of just pitting one against the other is just not helpful.”
On Tuesday morning, Trump also did his part to clarify that there’s no division between them in a tweet.
Over the weekend, Fauci joined Fox News’ Mark Levin where he also spoke favorably of the president.
“He asks a lot of questions. That’s his nature. He’s constantly asking questions,” Dr. Fauci said. “And I never, in the multiple times I’ve done that, where I said, ‘For scientific reasons we really should do this,’ that he hasn’t said, ‘Let’s do it.’”
Trump responded to clips of the interview by saying, “Thank you Tony!”
Thank you Tony! https://t.co/U5XxzeQzXJ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2020
Also on Sunday, Dr. Fauci joined CBS’ “Face the Nation” where he spoke against the efforts to “separate the two of us”.
In an appearance Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Fauci again spoke again of the efforts on the part of the media to “separate the two of us” when asked a loaded question about existing drugs currently being used to combat the virus.
“The President was trying to bring hope to the people,” he explained. “I think there’s this issue of [the media] trying to separate the two of us. There isn’t fundamentally a difference there.”
DR. FAUCI: “The President was trying to bring hope to the people. I think there's this issue of [the media] trying to separate the two of us. There isn't fundamentally a difference there." pic.twitter.com/lSygidey2a
— Ken Farnaso (@KLF) March 22, 2020
On Monday, the New York Times reported that President Trump’s patience with Fauci had “started to wear thin.”
During Monday’s briefing, reporters tried over and over to get the president’s team of experts to contradict him.
Of Fauci, who wasn’t present, Trump said, “He’s a good man. I like Dr. Fauci. He isn’t here because we’re not discussing what he’s best at.”
When a reporter tried to pit US State Department health official Deborah Birx against Trump by asking if she was “okay” with reopening the economy after Trump, who was standing directly next to her, had said some of the doctors he’s spoken with are okay with it.
Birx refused to play ball.
“What the president has asked us to do is to assemble all the data and give him our best medical recommendation based on all the data,” she replied. “That’s what he has asked us to do and so that’s what we’ll do.”