The White House has slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci who’s the nation’s leading infectious disease expert for praising Joe Biden and warning that the US is “in for a whole lot of hurt” from COVID-19 this fall and winter during an interview with the Washington Post on Friday.
A spokesperson for White House Judd Deere described Dr. Fauci’s comments as “unacceptable and breaking with all norms.”
“Dr. Fauci has a duty to express concerns or push for a change in strategy, but he’s not done that, instead choosing to criticize the President in the media and make his political leanings known by praising the President’s opponent.
“Dr. Fauci knows that the risks today are dramatically lower than they were only a few months ago with mortality rates falling over 80 percent,” Deere said in a statement late Saturday.
During his interview with the Washington Post on Friday, Dr. Fauci said the country is in for “a whole lot of hurt this winter. All the stars are aligned in the wrong place as you go into the fall and winter season, with people congregating at home indoors. You could not possibly be positioned more poorly,” Fauci said.
Dr. Fauci also accused pandemic adviser Scott Atlas of not handling the virus seriously as the number of daily cases nationwide continues to increase, adding that he has “real problems” with him.
“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. He keeps talking about things that when you dissect it out and parse it out, it doesn’t make any sense,” he told the paper.
“The idea of this false narrative that if you don’t die, everything is hunky dory is just not the case. But to say, ‘Let people get infected, it doesn’t matter, just make sure people don’t die’, to me as a person who’s been practicing medicine for 50 years, it doesn’t make any sense at all,” Dr. Fauci said.
The medical practitioner also praised Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for taking it seriously from a public health perspective by wearing masks and practicing social distancing on the campaign trail.
According to Dr. Fauci, he has not spoken to President Trump since he was recovering from the virus at Walter Reed Medical Center in early October.