‘This is what I do’: Dr. Fauci keeps his cool after Trump attacks on social media
Dr. Fauci turned the other cheek Tuesday after President Trump unleashed a Twitter salvo questioning his credibility.
The world-renowned pandemic doctor insisted that he is not concerned about Trump’s tweet attacking him for “misleading” Americans.
“This is what I do, this is what I’ve been trained for my entire professional life,” he said. “I have not been misleading the American public under any circumstances.”
.@ABC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks to @GStephanopoulosabout his response to Pres. Trump’s tweets, how states can avoid COVID-19 surges and why he is “cautiously optimistic” about a vaccine. https://t.co/JgCvhTifYS pic.twitter.com/BOcoCbyrqa— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 28, 2020
Fauci also pushed back against Trump’s support of a conspiracy theorist claiming that he for some reason sabotaged the use of hydroxychloroquine to combat COVID-19.
The doctor repeated the advice of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that hydroxychloroquine is not effective as a treatment for coronavirus.
Trump tweeted the explosive criticism of Fauci in the form of a tweet promoting fired White House political aide Steve Bannon’s pseudo-documentary about the pandemic.
He later deleted the message on Tuesday evening.
The attacks on Fauci come as White House aides continue to snipe at the famed pandemic expert with impunity.
Peter Navarro, an economic adviser with no public health expertise, slammed Fauci in an unauthorized USA Today opinion piece last week — then doubled down Monday by saying he had no regrets about it.
Social media guru Dan Scavino mocked Fauci as “Dr. Faucet” intent on turning off America’s fragile economic recovery from the pandemic.
To date, the U.S. coronavirus death toll has surpassed 147,000.