President Trump retweets a tweet Sunday calling for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be fired

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President Trump retweeted a tweet on Sunday calling for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be fired, escalating tensions between the President and the nation’s top infectious disease expert. The tweet was initially posted by DeAnna Lorraine, a Republican candidate for Congress running for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s seat. The tweet reads: “Fauci is now saying that had Trump listened to the medical experts earlier he could’ve saved more lives. Fauci was telling people on February 29th that there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US public at large. Time to #FireFauci.” Trump retweeted this and added: “Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up. Thank you @OANN.” ~

Dr. Anthony Fauci is a member of the White House coronavirus task force and the nation’s top infectious disease expert. He has become one of the most trusted and respected officials during the crisis, often appearing on television to update the country on the state of the outbreak. He has a 78% approval rating and a 7% disapproval rating, according to an April 8th poll by Quinnipiac. ~

The tweet might have been a response to some comments Fauci made on CNN on Sunday morning in which he said that the U.S. could have acted more swiftly in preventing the outbreak by implementing stricter social distancing orders, according to Forbes.com. When CNN State of the Union host Jake Tapper asked Fauci if the U.S. could have responded faster, Fauci responded: “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. Obviously, no one is going to deny that. But what goes into those kinds of decisions is complicated.” ~

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