On Thursday, President Trump tore down infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, calling him a Democrat who he said was friends with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Earlier on Thursday, Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, called Trump’s major re-election rallies a “risky situation” in an interview, although Trump did not mention the article directly.
Trump told his supporters at a luncheon in Greenville, North Carolina, that Fauzi was constantly wrong about how to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
“He’s a nice man, Tony.” Tony Fauci. He’s a nice man, “Trump said. “He said, ̵
Trump added, “He said, ‘Don’t wear a mask.’ “Don’t wear a mask under any circumstances.” “Don’t wear a mask” – no, no, no, right? So we don’t wear a mask. Then they say, “Oh, wear a mask.” I’ve never seen, have you seen any conflicts? But he’s a nice man, so I keep him in place, right? We will keep it.
The president accused Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, of being politically biased.
“He is a Democrat. Everyone knows that. He is a friend of Cuomo, “Trump said.
A Fauci spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and a Cuomo spokesman did not immediately comment on whether they were friends.
Trump also rushed to Cuomo, a frequent target of the president as New York copes with the pandemic, echoing earlier statements in an interview with Newsmax.
Trump cited an analysis by the Associated Press that 11,000 residents of nursing homes in New York may have died from COVID-19 following a state rule on March 25 banning nursing homes from denying coronavirus-positive patients.
“Cuomo did the worst job of any governor in the United States. Almost 40,000 people died, more and at least 11,000 – and you know I gave him this big convention center, 2,800 beds, he doesn’t use it. I gave him a ship. I gave him the great hospital warship … it’s amazing they didn’t use it. Instead, they sent sick people back to nursing homes, didn’t they? That’s a disgrace, “Trump said.
Cuomo’s spokesman Richard Azopardi directed The Post to his earlier statement that “the governor has worked hard every day to protect New Yorkers.”
“Give me a break – More than 216,000 Americans have died due to the incompetent and clumsy pandemic response of the federal government,” Azzopardi said. “And Trump knew all along how deadly it was, and he never raised an alarm. Instead, he told Americans to drink bleach and then went to golf – a lot. “