Because it seems like an extraordinary exercise in long-suffering, what Anthony Fauci, the world-renowned and quite confident head of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has to offer.
The most recent example: the weekend, the White House distributed a list of Fauci’s alleged mistakes and contradictions in the crisis, just as if he were a political opponent to be publicly convicted. It said it criticized the entry ban from China, although it would have saved the lives of thousands of Americans.
He was also initially against wearing masks, and now for it. Anyone who dares to contradict statements by US President Donald Trump and, like Fauci, insist that the situation in the US remains extremely dangerous.
Fauci is rushed on Twitter
The consequences of the adventurous approach of the White House can be seen in the social networks. Trump’s right-wing Twitter following was popular on Tuesday with the hashtag #FauciTheFraud (roughly: Fauci, the impostor).
Among other things, it read that the virologist is doing everything he can to exacerbate the pandemic in order to harm Trump with a view to the presidential election on November 3, or that he is a “mass murderer” because he prevents the President’s recommendation from being prevented Anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine is used as an antidote to the coronavirus.
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Fauci certainly doesn’t need all of this. He has already advised six US presidents and is considered a pioneer in AIDS research. He has been head of the NIAID since 1984. And: On December 24, Fauci will be 80 years old, and some speculate that he will be able to draw the well-deserved line at the latest.
New high point of the corona pandemic in the USA
The fact that the USA is currently at a new peak in the crisis speaks against an earlier voluntary withdrawal. Throwing it there, of course, does not occur to Fauci after so many years. The number of infections has skyrocketed in recent weeks, with more than 60,000 new infections being registered every day.
There are now over 3.3 million confirmed infections and at least 135,000 deaths, making the US a sad global record in absolute terms.
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On the other hand, since Trump is a master of the double messages – depending on the audience he is addressing – it is not agreed that he will fire Fauci soon. At an event in the White House on Monday, the President said: “I have a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci, and has been for a very long time. ”He is a“ very nice person ”, with whom he just doesn’t always agree.
Two thirds of Americans are satisfied with Fauci’s work
The CNN broadcaster, citing a senior government official, also reported that Trump is currently not interested in firing Fauci. In fact, the president personally couldn’t dismiss him personally as NIAID director, a direct superior would have to do, such as Health Minister Alex Azar or the head of the National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins.
In addition, there is the political risk that the top virologist would be kicked out: According to surveys, two thirds of the Americans are quite taken with Faucis crisis management.
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However, what the president can do is ignore his expert’s advice. And Trump apparently also does that, who has had enough of the black painting and fears that the economy will not recover in time before the election if the protective measures are not largely lifted. As Fauci reported in a conversation with the “Financial Times” a few days ago, the two have not spoken to each other directly for weeks.
Like wearing a mask, looking at “Dr. Fauci ”has long since become a party-political differentiator. The opposition is horrified at how it is dealt with.
Washington’s Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted her support on Monday: “In Fauci we trust”, she wrote in a variation of the American motto “In God we trust”. And added, “Masks on, DC.”