President Donald Trump attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci and his administration’s other public health officials as “idiots” in a heated call with his campaign staff Monday, even musing about potentially firing the nation’s top infectious disease expert.
“People are tired of Covid. People are saying, ‘Whatever, just leave us alone.’ People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots,” Trump said on the call, which included press.
“He’s been here for, like, 500 years. He’s like this wonderful sage telling us how — Fauci, if we listened to him, we’d have 700,000 [or] 800,000 deaths.”