President of the United States Donald Trump considers the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and infectious diseases of the United States Anthony Fauci partly an alarmist, but they have a very good relationship. Trump said this in an interview with Fox News, a fragment of which was published on Sunday.
“I had a long conversation with him yesterday, and I have very good relations with Dr. Fauci,” the head of state said. He believes, however, that the country’s chief infectious disease specialist is “partly an alarmist.”
Trump once again attributed the increase in cases of coronavirus infection in the United States to the authorities ‘ careful approach to testing the population. “The number of cases is increasing because our testing system is the best in the world,” the US President claimed.
He rejected criticism about the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. “I always take responsibility for everything, because that is my job <…>. Some governors do well and some do poorly,” Trump added.
The American media has been discussing the issue of possible contradictions between Trump and Fauci for a long time. So, back in April, in an interview with CNN, Fauci said that if the sanitary restrictions in the United States were introduced earlier, it would be possible to save more lives. These words were interpreted by some media outlets as actually criticizing the US authorities for delaying the response. Fauci later explained that he “chose the wrong words” when answering a hypothetical question and did not believe that the authorities ‘ actions were overdue.
Trump himself on Twitter at the same time made a repost of the message, which contained a call to fire Fauci for his words. Later, however, the White house press service reported that the American leader is not going to remove the chief infectious disease specialist from his position in the White house team of specialists on the fight against coronavirus.