‘Nobody likes me’: Trump ponders pandemic popularity of Fauci

Trump ponders pandemic popularity of Fauci
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Daily US Times: President Donald Trump is wondered why the approval rating of Dr. Anthony Fauci is so high when his is so low, despite saying his relationship with the doctor is “very good”.

Mr Trump’s comments on Tuesday came a day after he retweeted a message claiming Fauci had misled the public, the president chalked up his own sinking numbers to his personality.

But he said Fauci’s broad respect should transfer to his administration — for whom Fauci works.

He insisted: “I get along with him very well and I agree with a lot of what he’s said.”

He went on: “It’s interesting: he’s got a very good approval rating. And I like that, it’s good.”

”Because remember: he’s working for this administration. He’s working with us. We could have gotten other people. We could have gotten somebody else. It didn’t have to be Dr. Fauci. He’s working with our administration. And for the most part we’ve done what he and others — and Dr. Birx and others — have recommended,” Mr Trump added.

Trump said the doctor has got this high approval rating. So why don’t he has a high approval rating with respect — and the Trump administration — with respect to the virus?

”We should have it very high.”

Trump said: “So it sort of is curious, a man works for us, with us, very closely, Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx also, very highly thought of — and yet, they’re highly thought of, but nobody likes me?”

He said it can only be his personality, that’s all.

In a series of tweets Monday night, Mr. Trump retweeted false claims, including one suggesting hydroxychloroquine was a cure for coronavirus and a tweet that called Fauci a “fraud.”

On Tuesday, Twitter took action and removed several tweets that were also retweeted by Donald Trump Jr., his son, and restricted the younger Trump’s account for 12 hours.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revoked emergency use authorization for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of Covid-19. The FDA said the drugs do not meet “the statutory criteria” for emergency use authorization as they are unlikely to be effective in treating the virus based on the latest scientific evidence.

Although Mr Trump has repeatedly said that he has a good relationship with Fauci, he has often sought to downplay the Fauci’s warnings against reopening the country too rapidly.

The President has called Dr Fauci “a little bit of an alarmist” and the White House has pushed comments made by Fauci early in the coronavirus pandemic in a bid to discredit him.

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