"I have a list of 15 things", Trump said.
Ahead of the November presidential election, Trump's campaign released early this month a television advertisement which features what appear to be positive remarks from Fauci over the president's handling of the coronavirus outbreak.
"Absolutely not", he told "60 Minutes" on Sunday.
"People are exhausted of Covid".
"I have these huge rallies", Trump said, phoning into a call with campaign staff from his namesake hotel in Las Vegas, where he spent two nights amid a western campaign swing.
"People are saying, 'Whatever - just leave us alone.' They're exhausted of it. People are exhausted of hearing Fauci and all these idiots", the president said, according to several U.S. media outlets.
"People are exhausted of hearing Fauci and all these idiots - these, these people, these people that have gotten it wrong", Trump said.
Back on the trail after his COVID-19 infection, Trump was facing intense pressure to turn around his campaign, hoping for the type of last-minute surge that revived his candidacy four years ago and plunging into an aggressive travel schedule despite the pandemic.
"If more Americans paid attention to his advice, we'd have fewer cases of COVID-19, & it would be safer to go back to school & back to work & out to eat". He said "no masks & let China in".
Referring to Fauci and other health officials as "idiots", Trump declared the country ready to move on from the health disaster, even as cases are again spiking and medical experts warn the worst may be yet to come.
As part of the White House coronavirus task force, Fauci has been one of the most visible faces for Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. The Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that 59 percent of respondents say the president underestimated the risks.
Sen. Bernard Sanders, the progressive icon from Vermont, quoted the Fauci attacks in a tweet and said the nation shouldn't be surprised the virus is surging again when the president "rejects science, downplays the pandemic & relies on right-wing conspiracy theories". "This guy's a disaster".
Trump also called Fauci a "nice guy", who had been in his position for "500 years". He's been here for 500 years,"Trump said". Fauci said that he was "speechless" while receiving the recognition. "But it bothers me less than the hassling of my wife and my children". "Since campaign ads are about getting votes, their harassment of me might have the opposite effect of turning some voters off".
Last week, Trump asked a crowd in Macon, Georgia: "Could you imagine if I lose my whole life?"
Trump's remarks came a week after Fauci expressed displeasure at the use of a clip of him in a Trump campaign video about the coronavirus. The president, who spent the 2016 campaign leading "Lock her up" chants aimed at then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, has a history of insisting his opponents should be incarcerated.
In addition to public polling that indicates Biden has an edge, the former vice president enjoys another considerable advantage over Trump: money.