President Trump suggested in Miami on Sunday that he might fire infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci after the election.
Chants of “fire Fauci” broke out about 25 minutes into Trump’s fifth campaign rally of the day. In response, Trump indicated he was open to the idea.
“Don’t tell anybody, but let me wait till a little after the election,” he said. “I appreciate the advice.”
Technically federal civil service regulations prevent a president from directly firing Fauci, but someone higher up his chain of command does have that ability, including the secretary of the Health and Human Services Department.
Trump followed up by saying Fauci is a “nice man” before noting that the health expert was “wrong” to say early in the coronavirus pandemic that most Americans don’t need to wear masks and to oppose restricting travel from China where the outbreak originated, a claim which is at odds with Fauci’s public comments.
Fauci has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and is a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. At times, he and Trump have been at odds during the pandemic. Read more…