Trump Adviser Blasts Fauci: He's Wrong About 'Everything'
White House trade adviser slams infectious disease expert
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has slammed infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying he was “wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.”
Navarro noted in an op-ed published in USA Today on Fauci's past comments on using the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 and the falling mortality rate.
"So when you ask me whether I listen to Dr. Fauci’s advice, my answer is: only with skepticism and caution," he wrote.
Navarro's attack comes after the White House came out officially criticizing Fauci.
On Sunday, the White House deputy chief of staff for communications, Dan Scavino, shared a cartoon on his Facebook page, which depicted Fauci as a faucet flushing the economy down the drain.
Navarro also added he personally proceeds with caution before heeding Fauci's advice.
Trump also said Fauci had "made a lot of mistakes."
Navarro asserted in his op-ed that Fauci was wrong to claim there was only anecdotal evidence in support of using hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus.
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Navarro wrote that he "confronted him with scientific studies providing evidence of safety and efficacy," and pointed to a Michigan study that tied lower death rates to use of the drug.
“Now Fauci says a falling mortality rate doesn’t matter when it is the single most important statistic to help guide the pace of our economic reopening,” Navarro wrote.
“The lower the mortality rate, the faster and more we can open.”
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) shared the same sentiment as Navarro earlier this month, arguing his state doesn't need Fauci's advice.
"Fauci said that he’s concerned about states like Texas that skipped over certain things," he said.
"He doesn’t know what he’s talking about," Patrick told Fox News' Laura Ingraham.
"We haven’t skipped over anything."
"We’ll listen to a lot of science; we’ll listen to a lot of doctors, and [Gov. Greg Abbott (R)], myself, and other state leaders will make the decision."
"No, thank you, Dr. Fauci."