Trump bashes Anthony Fauci as ‘a Democrat’ and ‘Cuomo’s friend’
President Trump on Thursday tore into infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, calling him “a Democrat” who he said was friends with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Earlier Thursday, Fauci, a White House coronavirus task force member, had called Trump’s large re-election rallies “a risky situation” in an interview, though Trump did not directly mention the article.
Trump told supporters at a midday rally in Greenville, NC, that Fauci has been consistently wrong about how to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
“He’s a nice guy, Tony. Tony Fauci. He’s a nice guy,” Trump said. “He said, ‘This is not a threat. This is not a problem. Don’t worry about this,’” Trump claimed, referring to the coronavirus.
Trump added: “He said, ‘Do not wear a mask.’ ‘Do not wear a mask under any circumstances.’ ‘Don’t wear a mask’ — don’t, don’t, don’t, right? So we don’t wear a mask. Then they say, ‘Oh, wear a mask.’ I never saw, did you ever see any conflicts? But he’s a nice guy so I keep him around, right? We’ll keep him around.”
The president accused Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, of being politically biased.
“He is a Democrat. Everybody knows that. He’s Cuomo’s friend,” Trump said.
A spokeswoman for Fauci did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and a Cuomo spokesman did not immediately comment on whether they are friends.
Trump also tore into Cuomo, a frequent target of the president, on New York’s handling of the pandemic, echoing his earlier remarks in an interview with Newsmax.
Trump invoked an Associated Press analysis that 11,000 New York nursing home residents may have died from COVID-19 following a March 25 state rule barring nursing homes from turning away coronavirus-positive patients.
“Cuomo did the worst job of any governor in the United States. Almost 40,000 people died, more, and 11,000 at least — and you know I gave him this big convention center, 2,800 beds, he didn’t use it. I gave him a ship. I gave him the great hospital ship meant for wars … it’s incredible, they didn’t use it. Instead they sent sick people back into nursing homes, right? It’s a disgrace,” Trump said.
Cuomo spokesman Richard Azzopardi directed The Post to his earlier statement that “the governor has worked hard every day to protect New Yorkers.”
“Give me a break — More than 216,000 Americans died because of the federal government’s incompetent and bumbling pandemic response,” Azzopardi said. “And Trump knew the whole time how deadly it was and never raised the alarm. Instead he told the American people to drink bleach and then went golfing — a lot.”
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