Referring to Fauzi and other health officials as “idiots”, Trump announced that he was ready to get out of the health disaster again, even though cases were on the rise again, warning medical experts that the worst could not come yet.
Trump, who has unequivocally stated that more than half a million people in America will die if Fauzi takes office, has been heavily angered by the recommendations his own administration makes to reduce the spread of the disease.
“People are fed up with Kovid, I have these huge rallies,” Trump called with campaign staff from his Namesake Hotel in Las Vegas, where he spent two nights amid a Western campaign swing. “Whatever people say. Leave us alone. They’re tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauzi and all these idiots.”
“Fauzi is a good guy,” Trump said. “He’s been here for 500 years.”
Fauzi has been director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. While Trump was showered with compliments on the phone, Fauzi received the first Presidential Citation for Ideal Leadership from the National Academy of Medicine in a virtual ceremony. Fauzi said he was “speechless” when identified.
“We have a lot of challenges ahead of us and I don’t think we are really experiencing a time when science is disrupting certain sections of our society,” Fauzi said during the virtual event.
Fassi has publicly criticized Trump as his campaign is currently airing a television ad featuring a doctor, indicating that Fauzi has endorsed Trump’s handling of the epidemic.
Fauzi said he took his words out of context and asked the campaign to remove it. The statement was widely seen as the presidential campaign staff agreeing that Fowzie had credibility with voters who rejected Trump’s response.
As he blocked the election battlefields, Trump was broadcasting for an echoing end message with voters met by the virus and being wary of his reaction. Attempts by his advisers to persuade Trump to adopt a more serious voice about the epidemic are stalling. At a rally in Nevada on Sunday, Trump tried to attack Biden by saying that his opponent would “listen to scientists” if elected president.
In contrast, Trump stopped attending meetings of his coronavirus task force, which declined dramatically. Instead the president relied on the advice of Dr. Scott Atlas, a radiologist, who disagreed with almost every scientific opinion on wearing a mask and other mitigation methods.
This dynamic has caused tensions among government health officials, including Fawzi, as warnings about the Trump virus have been shrinking for months.
“Fauzi is a disaster. If I listen to him, we will have 500,000 deaths,” he said in a campaign call on Monday, adding that it would be 700,000 or 800,000 later.
“If there’s a reporter, you have it like I said, I don’t care less,” Trump said. CNN has access to the call through a source.
Trump tried to retain his campaign staff 15 days before Election Day amid serious concerns among Republicans that the inability to get the final message would have serious repercussions not only for his own race, but also for U.S. Senate control.
Although his anger at the call was obvious, Trump tried to display optimism.
“The only best I’ve ever done in any campaign,” Trump said of his chances of being re-elected. “Today is the best single day I’ve ever experienced in a campaign.”
“We’m going to win,” he said. “I’ll not say three weeks ago.”
After stories surfaced about the initial campaign pointing the finger ahead of the potential loss, Trump insisted he was satisfied with the work his team was doing – Trump’s Kovid diagnosis and later hospitalization.
“I love Mark Meadows. It took me two years to get him out of Congress. Mark Meadows is doing a good job. I’m not removing him.”