The White House today backed away from a searing editorial in USA Today by White House economic advisor Peter Navarro in which the trade specialist said he doesn’t trust anything Fauci tells him.
After the editorial appeared this morning, White House Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farah took to Twitter.
The Peter Navarro op-ed didn’t go through normal White House clearance processes and is the opinion of Peter alone. @realDonaldTrump values the expertise of the medical professionals advising his Administration.
— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) July 15, 2020
According to the piece:
Dr. Anthony Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.
In late January, when I was making the case on behalf of the president to take down the flights from China, Fauci fought against the president’s courageous decision — which might well have saved hundreds of thousands of American lives.
When I warned in late January in a memo of a possibly deadly pandemic, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was telling the news media not to worry . . .
So when you ask me whether I listen to Dr. Fauci’s advice, my answer is: only with skepticism and caution.
Let’s hope Fauci doesn’t tell him to duck if someone throws a brick at his head.