Trump told his supporters at a midday rally in Greenville, North Carolina, that Fauci was always wrong about how to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
“He’s a nice guy, Tony. Tony Fauci. He’s a nice guy, ”Trump said. “He said, ‘It’s not a threat. This is not a problem. Don’t worry about it, ”Trump said, referring to the coronavirus.
Trump added, “He said, ‘Don’t wear a mask.’ “Do not wear a mask under any circumstances. “Don’t wear a mask” – don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t, right? So we don’t wear a mask. Then they say, “Oh, wear a mask”. I’ve never seen, have you ever seen conflicts? But he’s a nice guy so I keep him, right? We will keep it around.
The president accused Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, of being politically partisan.
“He’s a Democrat. Everyone knows it. He’s Cuomo’s friend, ”Trump said.
A spokeswoman for Fauci did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and a spokesperson for Cuomo did not immediately comment if they were friends.
Trump also tore Cuomo, a frequent target of the president, over New York’s handling of the pandemic, echoing his previous remarks in an interview with Newsmax.
Trump cited an Associated Press analysis that found 11,000 nursing home residents in New York City may have died from COVID-19 following a March 25 rule banning nursing homes from refusing coronavirus-positive patients .
“Cuomo did the worst job of any governor in the United States. Almost 40,000 people have died, more, and 11,000 at least – and you know I gave him this big convention center, 2,800 beds, he didn’t use it. I gave him a boat. I gave him the great hospital ship for wars… it’s amazing they didn’t use it. Instead, they sent the sick back to nursing homes, didn’t they? It’s a shame, ”Trump said.
Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi led The Post on his previous statement that “the governor has worked hard every day to protect New Yorkers.”
“Give me a break – More than 216,000 Americans have died because of the incompetent and clumsy response of the federal government to the pandemic,” Azzopardi said. “And Trump knew all the time how deadly it was and never sounded the alarm. Instead, he told Americans to drink bleach, and then he went golfing – a lot.