Dr. Anthony Fauci
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has been at the tip of the spear through U.S. efforts to fight viral diseases including AIDS, SARS, the 2009 swine flu pandemic, MERS, and Ebola.
Dr. Fauci has been the top US epidemiologist through six administrations. During this pandemic, he has tried to balance delivering honest messaging and keeping his boss’s rage at bay: Tony Fauci is a genius, but solving that equation may be impossible.
Trump has moved this medical hero steadily away from the public discourse, distancing Dr. Fauci from his original place at the podium and even retweeting a #firefauci message. Now the president is ready to heap the blame onto this talented epidemiologist, and he doesn’t mind lying to do it. “Everybody, even Tony Fauci, was saying, ‘It’s going to pass, not going to be a big deal.’”
Trump lackeys Mike Pompeo and Rudy Giuliani are eager to facilitate Dr. Fauci’s downfall. While Pompeo touts a conspiracy theory that the novel coronavirus was created at a laboratory in Wuhan, Giuliani transmogrifies previous coronavirus research funding from NIAID into Fauci paying the Wuhan Institute of Virology to develop the virus.
It was only a matter of time until Trump threw Dr. Fauci under the bus. Trump will blame anyone to push the facts out of the spotlight.