The White House is aiming to discredit Anthony Fauci with a leaked memo citing nearly a dozen comments made by the nation’s top infectious diseases expert about the COVID-19 pandemic, according to multiple reports.
The memo, first obtained by The Washington Post, reportedly contains comments Fauci has made publicly about the pandemic that have contradicted information he later shared as the outbreak unfolded.
The White House effort to undermine Fauci, who serves as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and is a member of the White House coronavirus task force, comes as President Trump is downplaying the coronavirus pandemic amid a continued surge across the country.
The document claims that “several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things,” according to ABC News.
One example cited in the document includes comments Fauci made on NBC’s “Today” in late February that “at this moment, there is no need to change anything you‘re doing on a day-by-day basis,” ABC News reported.
The document, however, doesn’t cite Fauci’s full comments made on the show, the network notes.
“Right now the risk is still low, but this could change,” Fauci also said on “Today” at the time. “When you start to see community spread, this could change and force you to become much more attentive to doing things that would protect you from spread.”
The document also targets Fauci’s guidance in March that “people should not be walking around with masks,” according to NBC News.
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