Donald Trump Slams Government Covid Expert Fauci "And All These Idiots"
US President Donald Trump went after top government scientist Anthony Fauci in a call with campaign staffers on Monday, suggesting the hugely respected and popular doctor was an "idiot."
Fauci, a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, has increasingly become a focus for the president's frustration as he bids to shape the messaging on the much-criticized federal response to the pandemic.
"People are tired of Covid," Trump told his campaign team in a call on which several members of the press were present.
"People are saying, 'Whatever -- just leave us alone.' They're tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots," the president said, according to several US media outlets.
The pandemic has killed almost 220,000 people in the United States.
"He's been here for, like, 500 years," Trump complained of the 79-year-old Fauci, who is recognized worldwide for his work directing the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases in suburban Washington.