Trump attacks Fauci as ‘disaster’

President Trump called Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, a “disaster” during a conference call with campaign staffers that reporters heard.

“People are tired of COVID,” Trump said. “People are tired of hearing Fauci and these idiots, all these idiots who got it wrong. … Every time he goes on television, there’s always a bomb, but there’s a bigger bomb if you fire him. This guy’s a disaster.”

Trump’s attack came a day after the airing of a 60 Minutes report in which Fauci said he wasn’t surprised that Trump caught COVID-19 after a mostly mask-free White House gathering that health officials suspect was a “superspreader” event.

Fauci also recently said a Trump campaign ad depicting him as praising the administration’s coronavirus response used his words “completely out of context.”

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