DONALD Trump has called Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s highest- ranking infectious diseases expert “an idiot” and said that people are “tired of hearing about Covid.”
The president made the comments during a call with his campaign staff on Monday morning that reporters got on.
Despite slamming the coronavirus expert, the president went on to say “Fauci is a nice guy” before saying “he’s been here for 500 years.”
During the call, Trump also insisted that if he had listened to Fauci’s advice there would be “700,000, 800,000 deaths.”
America has suffered at least 220,000 deaths from the coronavirus.
Trump also called Fauci a “disaster,” who is a “bomb” when he goes on TV, but a “bigger bomb if you fire him.”
“If there’s a reporter on, you can have it just the way I said it. I couldn’t care less,” the president said following the heated comments.
The president and the doctor have appeared to be feuding in recent weeks since Trump was diagnosed with Covid.
On Saturday, Fauci revealed that he was “absolutely not surprised” by the diagnosis.
The doctor called the event “a completely precarious situation” and said he was “worried” that the president would become sick after seeing the event.
“Nothing good can come out of that,” Fauci said. “That’s got to be a problem — and then sure enough it turned out to be a super spreader event.”
Now, 34 people in Trump’s orbit are known to have become infected since the event, according to a leaked FEMA tally.
Just last week, Trump said that Dr Anthony Fauci’s pitching as “more accurate than his prognostications.”
Trump tweeted: “Actually, Tony’s pitching arm is far more accurate than his prognostications. “No problem, no masks”. WHO no longer likes Lockdowns – just came out against. Trump was right. We saved 2,000,000 USA lives!!!”
The president was referencing a viral video of the coronavirus doctor which circulated back in July of Fauci throwing a wayward first pitch at a Washington Nationals game.