Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has emerged as the one steady hand on Trump’s coronavirus task force, but that could all be coming to an end.
Trump is reportedly “furious” with the grandfatherly figure who has brought sense and calm to daily coronavirus briefings, and he was noticeably absent from a recent briefing, prompting Twitter trends and panic amongst the American people. It turns out the panic was justified.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, an anxious Trump is toying with the idea of simply going against all medical advice and ordering Americans back to the streets, to work, to daily life as if there is no COVID-19. Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair described what a former White House aide has said of the situation:
“Trump is furious. He’s been calling business leaders asking if he should just reopen the economy.”
Trump’s own tweets echo these sentiments. He has recently sent out a capitalized missive that reads,
“WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!”
WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2020
“Sources say that Trump is leaning toward telling at least some Americans to return to work after the 15-day social-distancing period ends on March 31. This puts Trump on a potential collision course with Fauci that many fear will end with Fauci being fired or quitting. ‘Fauci is the best medical expert we have. We can’t lose him,’ a former White House official said. Signs of tension between Trump and Fauci have been emerging.”
This is obviously the last thing America needs. Trump has a penchant for firing people who make him look foolish, and who will not fall in line with his plans.
It surely seems that Anthony Fauci, from the infamous facepalm forward, just might be on the chopping block. Our hope of survival will likely die with his job.
Lord help us, America.