(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday resumed his insults on Doctor Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert. Fauci accused the president of taking his words out of context for a political ad and has since called for its removal.
The president tweeted about the ad and remarked, “Tony’s pitching arm is far more accurate than his prognostications” — a reference to the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ terrible first pitch during a Washington National’s game.
Fauci maintained that he has “never publicly endorsed any political candidate” and told CNN on Monday that the president’s choice to bend his words “might actually come back to backfire on them” by turning voters off but, ultimately, found the ads “really unfortunate and really disappointing.”
The ad featured Fauci saying “I can’t imagine that anybody could be doing more” supposedly in relation to President Trump’s efforts to combat COVID-19. Th statement was taken from a March interview with Fox News, in which Fauci said the comments were directed at the federal government as a whole.
“By doing this against my will they are, in effect, harassing me,” Fauci told The Daily Beast later that day.
COVID-19 has infected over 7.85 million Americans and has killed almost 216,000, reports Johns Hopkins University.