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Trump Swings at Fauci and Misses

Donald Trump must not be happy that Dr. Anthony Fauci has gone very public with his criticism of the Trump campaign’s use of an out-of-context quote in a TV spot. Tuesday morning Trump attacked the credibility of the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist — who’s also a key member of the White House coronavirus task force.

“Actually, Tony’s pitching arm is far more accurate than his prognostications,” Trump tweeted.

Trump was referencing the 79-year-old doctor’s errant delivery while throwing out the first pitch at a Washington National’s game earlier this year. Fauci is a die-hard Nationals fan and is often seen wearing a mask emblazoned with the team’s logo.

It also should be noted that every president since William Howard Taft in 1910 has thrown a ceremonial first pitch on opening day, at a World Series or All Star Game. Trump has never been asked to throw out the first pitch at any baseball game.

The very unpresidential jibe comes after Fauci on Monday called for the Trump campaign to take down the TV ad using, without his permission, a quote from him describing the work of the coronavirus task force.

“It’s so clear that I’m not a political person,” Fauci said in a CNN interview. “And I have never — either directly or indirectly — endorsed a political candidate. And to take a completely out of context statement and put it in which is obviously a political campaign ad, I thought was really very disappointing.”

Many have said that, with Trump sidelining and trash-talking about him, Fauci might be better off if he resigned his position so he could “speak freely” about Trump. That doesn’t appear to be in the doctor’s DNA.

“I’ve devoted my entire professional life to fighting infectious diseases,” Fauci said Monday night on CNBC. “This is an outbreak of historic proportions, the likes of which we have not seen in 102 yrs. There’s no chance that I’m going to give up on this and walk away from it, no matter what happens.”



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