WH Claims Peter Navarro’s Op-Ed Was Unsanctioned

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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.