White House insiders say President Trump believes he can ignore Dr. Fauci because his son in law Jared Kushner keeps telling him about experimental coronavirus treatments will soon become available.
The New York Times reported yesterday President Donald Trump is “losing his patience” with virologist and coronavirus task force official Dr. Anthony Fauci — who has contradicted many of Trump’s false medical claims about the spread of the coronavirus many times immediately, even while still on the stage with the President.
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman wrote...
“Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, has grown bolder in correcting the president’s falsehoods and overly rosy statements about the spread of the coronavirus in the past two weeks — and become a hero to the president’s critics because of it. And now Mr. Trump’s patience has started to wear thin.”
“So has the patience of some White House advisers, who see Dr. Fauci as taking shots at the president in some of his interviews with print reporters while offering extensive praise for Mr. Trump in television interviews with conservative hosts.”
“Dr. Fauci and Mr. Trump have publicly disagreed on how long it will take for a coronavirus vaccine to become available and whether an anti-malaria drug, Chloroquine, could help those with an acute form of the virus. Dr. Fauci has made clear that he does not think the drug necessarily holds the potential that Mr. Trump says it does.”
“In an interview with Science Magazine, Dr. Fauci responded to a question about how he had managed not to get fired by saying that, to Mr. Trump’s ‘credit, even though we disagree on some things, he listens. He goes his own way. He has his own style. But on substantive issues, he does listen to what I say.'”
It escaped no one watching the President’s Monday or Tuesday that Fauci was conspicuously missing. During the Monday press conference, Trump blasted doctors for recommending shutdowns of business and suggested that America will “soon” lift coronavirus safety measures for the sake of the economy.
To pull that off, Trump risks Dr. Fauci going directly to the public through the media, which could lead to an avalanche of the worst possible criticism. This is a kind of criticism that be proven on the money because hundreds of thousands of American deaths could potentially verify it. Combine
Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman writes the not only is President Donald Trump’s relationship with Dr. Anthony Fauci grown strained, but it's directly a result of Donald’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has also been driving a wedge between the president and his director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
According to Sherman’s two sources close to the White House, Trump increasingly feels that “he can ignore Fauci’s opinion” because Kushner has him convinced one of several experimental coronavirus treatments will be ready any day…
“Jared is bringing conspiracy theories to Trump about potential treatments,” one Republican who has been “briefed” on the conversations between Trump and Kushner explains.
Sherman wrote a former White House official told him.…
“Trump is like an 11-year-old boy waiting for the fairy godmother to bring him a magic pill,”
It has been Jared Kushner since the beginning of the outbreak that has convinced Trump that the pandemic is not that big of a deal, and the president should downplay the crisis. This strategy, according to Sherman, has annoyed Vice President Mike Pence, who has been tasked with leading the coronavirus task force….
“Two sources said Vice President Mike Pence has complained to Trump about Kushner’s meddling in the work of the coronavirus task force.”
Yet, we all know that Vice President Pence has absolutely no influence in President Trump, who may have already decided to dump him from the 2020 GOP for former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley in hopes of winning more suburban women.
The trouble with that strategy is suburban women are not going to vote for a President that wants to cut Social Security, Medicare, and prizes money over the lives of senior citizens.