Trump’s announcement, which also reportedly came as a surprise to White House staff, came hours before Anthony FauciAnthony Fauci A Wider Impact Of COVID: Some Voids Will Be Eternal, Some Don’t Need To Be Sinclair To Delay Broadcast Of Researcher Interview In Conspiracy Video, ‘Plandemic’ Cheney Battle Raises Questions on the future of House GOP PLUS, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, pitched the first pitch of the season for the Washington Nationals against the Yankees.
An official familiar with his reaction told The Times that the president was annoyed by the media attention Fauci was receiving for the pitch. Trump has ordered staff to call Yankees officials to set a date for the first launch, but a date has not been finalized.
White House aides have reportedly tried to inform Yankee officials that Trump was tasked with delivering the opening speech on August 15. But the president ended up cancel your first pitch Sunday, citing that he would be busy with meetings and other work related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump is said to have followed a long-standing standing offer from his friend Randy Levine, who is the president of the Yankees.
“Randy Levine is a great friend of mine to the Yankees,” Trump told reporters Thursday. “And he asked me to pitch the first pitch, and I think I’m doing it on August 15 at Yankee Stadium.”
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.
The Times report highlights the growing tensions reported between Trump and Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert.
Fauci has constantly warned of the direction the United States is taking during the pandemic, even as Trump and others in the White House have tried to allay concerns. Trump earlier this month called Fauci an “alarmist” and other administration officials sought to discredit him. He did not appear at the White House coronavirus briefings which resumed last week.
Fauci’s first pitch last week ended up failing and right off home plate, prompting criticism of conservatives.
Likewise, Trump had announced his speech at West Point the day before the Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePence to headline the ‘Cops for Trump’ event in Pennsylvania next week Hogan Stakes claims far-reaching republicanism with critics of the Trump Navy assigned to Trump’s helicopter squadron including tests positive for COVID-19 PLUS was scheduled to speak at the Air Force’s opening ceremony in April, also surprising West Point officials, the Times noted.