President Trump said his trade adviser Peter Navarro made a misstep by publishing an op-ed critical of Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“He made a statement representing himself,” Trump said when questioned about the article while departing the White House. “He shouldn’t be doing that. I have a very good relationship with Anthony.”
Earlier the White House said Navarro broke protocol by submitting his article without clearance from the communications office. The concerns he expressed in the article were similar to those distributed by the White House over the weekend when officials questioned Fauci’s record to reporters. Trump has made similar comments.
Yet on Wednesday, he had only positive things to say about Fauci.
“We’re all on the same team, including Dr. Fauci,” Trump said on the South Lawn. “I have a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci.”