Fauci maintains its positions against Navarro

Fauci maintains its positions against Navarro
The general battle between President Donald Trump's economic and medical advisors extended to another day after Peter Navarro, the White House's top commercial official, broke the protocol by publishing an opinion piece that shattered Dr. Anthony Fossey late on Tuesday.

In his strongest attack yet against the White House's attempts to discredit him, Fossey warned his fellow administration officials one day later that they were harming the president's credibility. Speaking to the Atlantic, Fushi described the White House attacks on him as "strange," and said it eventually destroyed Trump.

"I cannot understand in my wild dreams why they want to do this," he said. "I think now they realize that it was not wise to do it, because it only reflects negatively on them."

He was speaking as the White House worked to get away from the Navarro opinion piece, which included similar views of Trump's own views and distributed by the White House over the weekend.

The White House Communications Office insisted that Navarro did not scan his article from them before it was published in USA Today. Trump himself described the piece as wrong.

But the sentiments expressed by Navarro - that Fushi, the country's largest infectious disease specialist, had been wrong on multiple occasions during the epidemic - were the same ones that White House officials adopted during the weekend when they questioned his record to reporters.

On Wednesday, Trump dismissed the ring in the Oval Office before taking a stronger stance when he left the White House for Atlanta.

"He made a statement representing himself," Trump said when asked about the article. "He shouldn't do that. I have a very good relationship with Anthony."

Trump said: "We are all on the same team, including Doctor Fossey."

However, Trump stopped short of refuting or condemning the article's content or detailing any charges for his top commercial aide.

The confusing and fraught dynamic between the warring factions in the administration appears to embody the culture of internal strife that Trump accepted, and at times, actively grew during his tenure in office. Its occurrence in the middle of a global pandemic has only amplified the competency questions surrounding the administration's response to the crisis.

Fossey acknowledged the difficult balance that comes with his role in an interview with CBS broadcaster Nora O'Donnell published on Wednesday on InStyle.com.

He said: "It is very difficult to walk a tightrope while trying to get your message across and people are trying to convince you of the president."

Navarro wrote in his column: "Dr. Anthony Fossey has a good way with the audience, but he was wrong about everything that I interacted with about him." He only listened to Fauci "with suspicion and caution".

CNN called on Wednesday, and Fauci refused to respond directly to Navarro, saying he'd rather direct his energies toward what matters, such as developing the Coronavirus vaccine.

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