As the tension between health experts and the president increased, the Trump administration targeted Dr. Anthony Fudge, the head of infectious diseases in the United States.
The White House has been increasingly critical of Dr. Fawsey. On Sunday, an official shared a list detailing the apparently wrong comments in the past.
While the United States continues to see a surge in Covid-19, this move also weakened his strength.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 3.3 million cases have been confirmed nationwide and the death toll exceeds 135,000.
Dr. Fossi has repeatedly contradicted President Donald Trump’s comments on the pandemic, overturning the president’s claims that the epidemic is improving and attributed the hasty reopening of the country to the recent surge.
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The White House memo leaked last weekend stated that “Several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fossi made mistakes.”
On Monday, White House consultant Peter Navarro told CBS News: “When you ask me if I follow Dr. Fossi’s advice, my answer is only cautious.”
What does the White House say?
Navarro, Trump’s economic adviser, responded to the content of the memo, saying that Dr. Fawsey “was wrong with everything I had interacted with.”
He said: “In late January, I warned me in a memo of a potentially fatal pandemic, and Fossi told the media not to worry.”
Navarro said Dr. Fossi opposed Trump’s “bold decision” to stop taking off from China, initially saying the virus was “low risk”, “turning it over using a mask”, and saying “only rumored” hydroxychloroquine as Kinds of treatments.
“Now, Fossi is saying that the decline in mortality is not important, as long as it is the single most important statistic that helps guide the pace of our economic reopening.”
Admiral Brett Gillor, assistant US health secretary and member of the virus working group, told NBC News on Sunday that although he respected Dr. Fossi, it was not always right.
“Dr. Fauci is not 100% correct. He also admits that he does not necessarily have to take into account the interests of the entire country. He is viewed from a very narrow public health perspective.”
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Trump tweeted the comments of the game show host on Twitter on Monday, accusing “everyone”, including the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), for lying about the coronavirus.
Last week, the president told Fox News that Dr. Fawsey was “a good person, but he made many mistakes.”
As the number of cases and deaths in many states continue to rise, critics accuse Mr. Trump of politicizing health issues, including wearing masks.
Trump also clashed with the World Health Organization (WHO), accusing the agency of mismanagement at the beginning of the pandemic and failing to carry out “urgently needed reforms.”
On July 7, he officially began to withdraw the United States from the World Health Organization, and said he would reallocate funds.
The White House battles its own experts
Donald Trump has often slammed newspapers, which have made anonymous remarks against government aides who criticize the president. However, during the weekend, the White House made use of its unnamed “officials” in an extraordinary attack on Anthony Fauci, a member of the Coronavirus Task Force and a top infectious disease expert.
The White House even provided a list of Fossi’s old statements about the virus, similar to the memo that campaigns may use to apply negative attention to political opponents. It seems that the government is trying to misunderstand Fauci as an early threat to the virus, so when he questioned the government’s current analysis of the status quo and planned actions, it was not credible.
It doesn’t seem to be enough. On Monday, the President retweeted a post from former game show host Chuck Woolery, accusing the Centers for Disease Control and others of lying to the virus to undermine Trump’s re-election prospects. . .
When an epidemic breaks out, the government that is fighting its own scientific and medical experts must at least say a cohesive strategy, which is a strategy that the public trusts and will follow.
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What did Fushi say?
Dr. Forsy did not consider the White House memo, but he commented on the lack of TV appearances recently.
He told the Financial Times on July 10: “As you may have realized, I have been telling the truth, not saying nothing, this is my reputation.” “This may be One of the reasons why I haven’t been on TV recently.”
Dr. Fossi also stated that since June 2, he has not personally met Mr. Trump and has not briefed him in the past two months.
Instead, the person in charge of infectious diseases appeared on live broadcasts and podcasts.
On July 9, he told FiveThirtyEight: “As a country, when you compare us with other countries, I don’t think you can say that we are doing very well. I mean, we are not.”
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Dr. Fossi will participate in a live broadcast of Stanford University School of Medicine on Monday afternoon local time.
What do the public think?
A poll conducted by the New York Times/Siena College at the end of June found that 67% of American voters expressed trust in Dr. Fossi’s pandemic, and only 26% of voters expressed trust in Trump.
But there are clear differences between the parties, with 66% of Republicans trusting Trump and 51% trusting Dr. Forsy. Only 4% of Democrats said they trusted Trump, compared with 81% of Dr. Fawsey.
Overall, medical scientists are still the most trusted of all voters, with 84% saying they provided accurate information.
A May study by the Pew Research Center found similar results, indicating that public confidence in the health experts of the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, is increasing.
The Federation of American Medical Colleges issued a statement on Monday in support of Dr. Foch. He said his words “out of context to obliterate his scientific knowledge and judgment will cause great harm to our country’s efforts to control and restore the virus. Our economy will make We return to a more normal lifestyle.”
Did Fossi get things wrong?
In February, Dr. Fossi did not advise Americans to change their behavior due to the pandemic, but he did notice that the situation was changing.
Dr. Fauci said in an interview on Today Today on February 29: “Although the risk is low now, you don’t need to change anything you are doing. When you start to see the community spread, the situation may change.”
At the time, there were fewer than 100 cases in the United States.
In early March, Dr. Fauci and other health officials did advise against wearing public masks. At the time, he did point out that infected people should wear one to prevent the spread of the disease.
Dr. Fauci defended his previous comments on masks, citing a new study and saying that this was due to the scarcity concerns of healthcare providers at the time.
After that, he strongly recommended wearing masks in public.
Dr. Fauci is a professional officer who has consulted with six Republican and Democratic presidents on health issues, including the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Since 1984, he has been the director of the Allergy and Infectious Diseases Division of the National Institutes of Health.