For months, amid the worst pandemic in a century, US President Donald Trump insisted all was well between him and the nation's top infectious disease specialist.
Fauci's "voice might not be as loud as it once was inside the White House, where he's advised six presidents over the course of his career. A lot of people said don't do it". An official also provided the opposition research material to the Washington Post.
Fauci's stark message on the USA failure to cut infection rates and the scale of the ongoing crisis facing the country has contrasted with President Donald Trump's upbeat claims and attempts to mitigate the seriousness of the crisis.
In recent days, Fauci has deviated from Trump by disputing that the U.S.is "doing great" and faulting the decision in some states to re-open too quickly and sidestep the task force's suggested criteria for when it's safe to loosen restrictions. While Trump blames increased testing capacity for the surge in the virus cases and continues to defend the reopening process, the experts warn that some parts of the USA are facing a "serious" problem over the spread of the pandemic.
Numerous past statements the White House is criticizing Fauci for are ones that were based on the best available data at the time and were widely echoed by Trump, other members of the task force and senior White House officials.
Cases across the United States have hit a new high this week at more than 60,000 with Florida, Texas and Arizona becoming new hotspots for the virus.
'We remain knee-deep in the first wave of COVID-19 infections, ' that he said.
Dr Fauci yesterday slammed the federal government's a reaction to Covid-19. "Our recommendations have changed".
Thursday's remarks contrast with comments Fauci made the day before. While on the show on Thursday Trump said that Fauci, "is a nice man, but he's made a lot of mistakes".
'Let me just make one statement, we do testing like nobody's ever done testing.
The attempt to discredit Fauci comes amid signs of growing tensions between Fauci and the president.
Dr. Fauci told the Financial Times in a newly published interview that he hasn't briefed the president for at least two months and that he last saw Mr. You know, Dr. Fauci said 'don't wear masks, ' and now he says 'wear them.' And you know, he's said numerous things, 'don't close off China.
A New York Times/Sienna College poll in mid-June found that 2 in 3 registered voters approved of Fauci, including half of Republicans and 4 in 5 Democrats.
In another interview, Fauci also discussed the particular conditions of the virus in this pandemic, which have left states struggling to respond.