Trump calls Dr. Fauci an ‘idiot’ and ‘disaster’
In a phone call Monday with campaign staff that included reporters, President Trump called White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci “an idiot” and said people are “tired of hearing about COVID.”
“People are saying whatever. Just leave us alone. They’re tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots,” Trump said, according to Politico.
The president later called Fauci “a nice guy” but said “he’s been here for 500 years.”
The president’s remarks came after Fauci said in a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday night that he was “absolutely not surprised” that Trump was diagnosed earlier this month with COVID-19 after a “super-spreader” event at the White House.
“If there’s a reporter on, you can have it just the way I said it. I couldn’t care less,” the president said.
Trump then went to Twitter to continue his criticism of Fauci, who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.
“Dr.Tony Fauci says we don’t allow him to do television, and yet I saw him last night on @60Minutes, and he seems to get more airtime than anybody since the late, great, Bob Hope. All I ask of Tony is that he make better decisions. He said ‘no masks & let China in.’ Also, Bad arm!” Trump wrote, with the latter remark referring to Fauci’s errant first pitch at a Washington National’s game.
Fauci told “60 Minutes” that when he saw people not wearing masks and social distancing at the White House event introducing the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, he said “oh my goodness.”
“Nothing good can come out of that,” Fauci said. “That’s got to be a problem — and then sure enough it turned out to be a super spreader event.”