Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, who has worked in public health for decades, has helped lead the federal government’s response to the Coronavirus, but over the weekend, President Donald Trump retweeted a post including the hashtag “#FireFauci,” suggesting that he was perhaps at least considering dismissing the widely trusted medical professional in the wake of his admission over the weekend that earlier action from the president could have saved lives. Now, the White House claims that despite all of that — and reporting from The Daily Beast that Trump was asking allies for their opinions of Fauci over the weekend — Trump won’t be firing Fauci.
Dear WH communications dept., especially Hogan Gidley: If you don't want the media to report on the president's thoughtless/stupid rage tweeting, take away his cell phone. Or, alternatively, make sure he reads what he's sending . Because he did tweet the 'Fire Fauci' hashtag. https://t.co/Gt7m6PDa0h
— Susan Deeks (@SueDeeks) April 13, 2020
Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley insisted:
‘This media chatter is ridiculous – President Trump is not firing Dr. Fauci. The president’s tweet clearly exposed media attempts to maliciously push a falsehood about his China decision in an attempt to rewrite history… Dr. Fauci has been and remains a trusted advisor to President Trump.’
“This media chatter is ridiculous – President Trump is not firing Dr. Fauci…It was Democrats and the media who ignored Coronavirus…” pic.twitter.com/KCmvnnO23B
— Hogan Gidley (@hogangidley45) April 13, 2020
So Gidley’s idea here is to completely erase the part of the equation featuring Fauci’s own commentary and run with the part featuring just the media reporting about that commentary.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2020
In his original response to the reporting about Fauci’s admission that earlier action could have saved lives, Trump had ranted that he “banned China long before people spoke up,” but the Chinese travel ban that he mentions was not anywhere enough to actually deal with the then-looming Coronavirus. That one bit of racism-excused attempt at a response doesn’t do away with the president’s other manifold failures.
Asked if Trump and others knew how serious COVID-19 was in late January, Dr. Fauci replies 'you bet' https://t.co/3ejnuItwUY
— Daily Kos (@dailykos) April 13, 2020
In his statement this Monday, Gidley criticized those daring to point out the flaws in the president’s plan to stick to a reliance on his racist excuse for a Coronavirus response. He complained:
‘It was Democrats and the media who ignored Coronavirus choosing to focus on impeachment instead, and when they finally did comment on the virus, it was to attack President Trump for taking the bold decisive action to save American lives by cutting off travel from China and from Europe.’
Is there a clause in Gidley’s employment contract that demands that he call Trump a great, bold guy in every one of his public statements or something? His attempt to make Trump out to be the great, valiant defender of the U.S. against the Coronavirus while Democrats wallowed in a focus on the impeachment proceedings is factually incorrect. Democrats began pushing for the government to approve emergency funding weeks before Trump even admitted that concern over the Coronavirus wasn’t a hoax. Sure, Trump banned travel from China — and he also failed to even institute national social distancing guidelines to slow the virus’s spread until about a month after Fauci himself first began to advocate for them, among other options.
President Trump's last day:
RT’d a call for Dr. Fauci's firing
Claimed he alone can ‘open up the states'
Tweeted personal grievances as hospitals, small biz, state & local governments cry out for help
Cut a deal with Russia & Saudi Arabia to raise gas prices
Quite a day's work.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) April 13, 2020
The next item for the Trump administration to deal with is the question of when to relax those social distancing guidelines. Those guidelines don’t take the place of state-level orders, although this Monday, Trump claimed that they do. He’s simply incompetent and insisting that anyone who challenges him must be part of some kind of conspiracy. It’s a lose-lose situation.
three years as head of the government and you still have no idea how any of it works
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 13, 2020