- Peter Navarro, a White House business advisor, criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci, a prominent member of the White House coronavirus task force.
- “Dr. Fauci has a good relationship with the public, but he was wrong about everything I have ever interacted with him about,” Navarro said in a statement to the Washington Post.
- In recent weeks, a gap has opened between Fauci and the White House, the interview expert bluntly criticizing the errors in the American response to the pandemic.
- According to The Post, Navarro has lobbied Fauci since the doctor refused to approve the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, an unproven coronavirus treatment that Navarro and Trump had touted.
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Peter Navarro, President Donald Trump’s business advisor, said that Dr. Anthony Fauci was “wrong about everything” as the White House intensified its attempt to discredit its own infectious disease expert.
“Dr. Fauci has a good bedside with the public, but he was wrong about everything I have ever interacted with him about,” said Navarro in a statement to The Washington Post in a story about Fauci being put apart.
He continued: “Now, Fauci says that a declining death rate doesn’t matter when it’s the most important statistic to help guide the pace of our economic reopening. So when you ask me if I listen to Dr. Fauci’s advice, my answer is only with caution. ”
The president said a continuing decline in the proportion of the US population that has died from coronavirus proves that his strategy has worked, despite an alarming increase in infections.
At a live press conference last week, Fauci said, “It is a false story to take comfort in the face of a lower death rate.”
“There are so many other very dangerous and bad things about this virus – do not be fooled,” he said.
Last week, the death rate began to climb in several American states for the first time in several months. There is generally a lag between an increase in infections and deaths.
Navarro’s statement over the weekend came as an anonymous White House official also began circulating a list of old obsolete comments Fauci had given to coronavirus news organizations, apparently for the purpose of to undermine someone during a survey. .
In recent weeks, Fauci has delivered frank assessments of US failures in response to the coronavirus, calling on states where infection rates are climbing to reintroduce restrictions.
His statements contrast with the optimistic message that Trump has delivered as he seeks to stimulate the U.S. economy before the presidential elections in November.
Navarro has long called on the government to quickly lift the restrictions advocated by public health officials such as Fauci. He warned in an interview with the New York Times in April that the damage from the lockup could outweigh that of the virus.
Navarro is one of many White House officials to lobby Fauci, according to The Post. The two quarreled, the report said, over the antimalarial hydroxychloroquine, which Trump and Navarro have touted as a cure for the coronavirus.
Fauci, in public and internal statements, refused to approve it, saying it had not been proven effective.
The Food and Drugs Administration has revoked its emergency authorization to use the drug to treat patients after studies have suggested it is dangerous for some, especially those with underlying heart conditions.
Navarro, a Chinese hawk, was also accused of spreading false political information about the virus, claiming that China had deliberately sought to spread it.