On Sunday, The President reposted a tweet from a supporter who called for Anthony Fauci, a top member of the White House coronavirus task force, to be fired.
A Former congressional candidate, DeAnna Lorraine accused Fauci of reversing his position on the danger of coronavirus, in a tweet, writing that Fauci claimed the virus “posed no threat to the US public at large” on February 29.
“Time to #FireFauci,” Lorraine added.
Trump retweeted the message Sunday evening, coupled with a message, slamming the “Fake News.” It was one a series of tweets that the president posted on Sunday lashing out at the media coverage of his administration’s response to coronavirus.
“Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up. Thank you @OANN,” he tweeted, praising for the far-right news network ‘One America News Network.’
A request for comment from the White House was not returned immediately.
Trump’s re-tweet of Lorraine’s message came after Fauci’s appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday morning, in which he was asked if restrictive measures would have saved more lives if they had been put in place earlier by the government.
“I mean, obviously, you could logically say, that if you had a process that was ongoing, and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives,” Fauci said. “Obviously, no one is going to deny that.“
Fauci has, however, repeatedly urged journalists in the past to stop “pitting” him against the president in the press.
“That is really unfortunate. I would wish that would stop because we have a much bigger problem here than trying to point out differences,” Fauci said in March. “There really fundamentally at the core … are not differences.”
“The president has listened to what I have said and what the other people on the task force have said. When I have made recommendations he has taken them,” he added. “The idea of just pitting one against the other is just not helpful.”