President Trump has suggested that he may fire Dr Fauci post tomorrow’s Presidential election if he wins. Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has repeatedly been at odds with the President over his Coronavirus response.
A White House spokesman has previously accused Fauci of “playing politics” ahead of tomorrow’s election. Donald Trump’s deputy press secretary Judd Deere has stated that Fauci had decided to “make his political leanings known,” though he did acknowledge that he “has a duty to express concerns or push for a change in strategy.”
Only last Friday Fauci told The Washington Post: “We’re in for a whole lot of hurt. It’s not a good situation. All the stars are aligned in the wrong place as you go into the fall and winter season, with people congregating at home indoors. You could not possibly be positioned more poorly”.
This is despite President Trump’s assertions that the U.S. fight against the virus was “rounding the turn”. However, speculation around Fauci’s position at the White House has intensified when the President defended his handling of the virus at a late-night campaign rally at Opa-Locka airport in the Miami area last night.
Chants of “Fire Fauci” chant broke out among his supporters present at the rally. In response to the chant, Trump said, “Don’t tell anybody, but let me wait until a little bit after the election”.