The president attacked Fauci insisted, on several occasions in this intervention, that if the scientist had been in charge of this fight against the pandemic, more than 500 thousand Americans would have died. Dr. Atlas has now become the leading voice on the White House Coronavirus Task Force despite having far less expertise, if any, on pandemics than Doctors Fauci and Deborah Birx.
But McConnell declined to pile on.
The comments come after President Trump sat down with correspondent Lesley Stahl for a "60 Minutes" interview Tuesday that he cut short, later making accusations of the interview being "fake" and "biased" while threatening on Twitter to release the taped interview early.
"Like, 'We're strong. We don't need a mask.' That kind of thing", Fauci said. "I don't think we could have possibly have done any more than that". That "super-spreader event" was the White House Rose Garden SCOTUS event that resulted in almost a dozen attendees later testing positive for COVID-19 (via USA Today). Voting rights groups warn the deadlocked decision by the Supreme Court signals Trump nominee Amy Coney Barrett will cast the deciding vote in any election disputes, if confirmed.
Shockwaves hit earlier this month when internal polling showed the GOP Senate races seriously in jeopardy.
"Trump is mocking Biden for listening to science".
In this combination image of two photos showing both President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden during the first presidential debate.
Addressing the crowd at Phoenix, Mr Trump once again targeted Dr Fauci.
"That's kind of a stupid question", said the senator, who is not up for reelection, but whose colleague Sen.
Trump took his frustration out on Fauci midway through a call meant to buck up his national team of campaign workers amid a spate of stories suggesting a campaign in turmoil.
But Trump also said on Monday that "people are exhausted of hearing Fauci and all these idiots", during a call with campaign staff that the media was allowed to listen in on.
Some Republicans are critical of recommendations from Fauci and other public health leaders that led to the economic shutdown. Another 60 percent say Trump is not following the advice of medical experts closely enough. "Could he have put it more eloquently?"
"This is the best I've ever felt", he said. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told reporters. Fauci, a longtime Nationals fan, was invited by the team because he's been "a true champion for our country during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career", its statement read. "Which I thought was outrageous".