Is anybody really buying this?
The White House on Wednesday distanced itself from an op-ed by trade adviser Peter Navarro questioning the credibility of Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious diseases expert.
“The Peter Navarro op-ed didn’t go through normal White House clearance processes and is the opinion of Peter alone,” White House director of strategic communications Alyssa Farah tweeted. “@realDonaldTrump values the expertise of the medical professionals advising his Administration.”
The tweet underscores the disarray in the White House as some officials publicly criticize Fauci, who is a member of the coronavirus task force guiding the administration’s decision making amid the pandemic.
The Peter Navarro op-ed didn’t go through normal White House clearance processes and is the opinion of Peter alone. @realDonaldTrump values the expertise of the medical professionals advising his Administration.
— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) July 15, 2020
I don’t believe you on either point.
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) July 15, 2020
Whether you knew or not is not the point. Answer this — did the President know. We don’t really care what you knew.
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) July 15, 2020
If this is true, he should fire @PeterNavarro45 at once. This kind of undermining of Fauci at the height of a pandemic which, due to government incompetence, has already killed over 135,000, cannot be tolerated.
There is no possible excuse for tolerating this behavior.
— Uncle Jeff, Noble Laureate, own SATs taker (@Undershafted) July 15, 2020
I count at least three lies here, but I may find more if I give it another look.
— Daniel Summers, MD (@WFKARS) July 15, 2020
The White House is saying the Peter Navarro op-Ed disparaging Dr. Fauci was not authorized and that Navarro owes Dr. Fauci an apology.
Let’s assume that’s true. In any other adminstration, a person who did that would be fired…without question.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) July 15, 2020