People who have been watching the now-regular White House press briefings on the Coronavirus pandemic know who Dr. Anthony Fauci is. He is the man-to-go-to for knowing how things are in the country concerning the containment and spread of the dreaded disease. Dr. Fauci is the scientific voice of reason at a time when there are wild predictions and pronouncement of doomsday scenarios everywhere. Dr. Fauci has been seen right next to President Donald Trump at these regular briefings and his presence reassures people that a very capable person is in charge of this unexpected pandemic in America. People are curious to know more about Dr. Fauci and are asking questions like “Where is Dr. Fauci today?” and “What happened to Dr. Fauci?”
A Man of Impeccable Credentials
So who is Dr. Fauci and what is his connection to Donald Trump and the Coronavirus? Dr. Anthony Fauci is an American immunologist who serves as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases [NIAID] and also is a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. As a physician with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the United States, Dr. Fauci has served public health in different capacities for more than fifty years. He has made huge contributions to HIV/AIDS research and other immune-deficiencies, both as a scientist and as the head of the NIAID at the NIH. The leading newspaper The New York Times has called Dr. Fauci “the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases.”
He is in the Danger Zone
With such strong credentials, it is hardly surprising that Trump chose Dr. Fauci to lead this attempt to fight off a virus that is making people panic and reel in terror at the thought of being infected. Knowing how short peoples’ tenure is when they work with Trump a lot of people are worried that it is only a matter of time before Dr. Fauci rubs the president the wrong way and gets removed from his position. The whole country knows what happens when Trump dislikes a person who works in his administration and has lost Trump’s confidence.
Agree to Disagree!
However, Dr. Fauci may look frail but he is made of sterner stuff. In a recent interview, he was asked: “How are you managing to not get fired?” His answer was “Well, that’s pretty interesting because to [Trump’s] credit, even though we disagree on some things, he listens. He goes his own way. He has his own style. But on substantive issues, he does listen to what I say.” At the press conference held at the White House on Friday, March 20, 2020, Dr. Fauci put his hands over his face when Trump referred to the “deep State Department” [a popular conspiracy theory]. It has even become an Internet meme. Dr. Fauci’s well-wishers are worried that Trump may take action against the good doctor for reacting in public this way.
America Depends on Dr. Fauci
However, so far there has not been any fallout but Dr. Fauci is being careful and has no comment on this issue. He has disagreed with several things said by Trump, like repeatedly referring to the Coronavirus as the “Chinese virus” instead of calling it by its scientific name COVID-19. People watch his reactions to what Trump says at the press conferences and it has become clear that he has disagreed with what Trump has said on several occasions. He has been missing from the press conferences a few times giving rise to speculation that he has been fired. Dr. Fauci has denied that he is off the task force and has said that though he and Trump have had differences both are just doing their jobs. The people of America are hanging on to every word that Dr. Fauci says so he knows that he has a huge responsibility on his frail shoulders. Dr. Fauci is up to it!