For a guy best known in pop culture — prior to 2016 — for telling people “You’re fired,” Donald Trump doesn’t actually like to fire people.
His preferred method to get people to leave is to make his unhappiness with them very clear — publicly and privately — and hope they just sort of, well, go away.
Which brings me to the President and his one-time top coronavirus adviser: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
While the relationship has been strained for months, it took on new awkwardness in the wake of a new Trump campaign ad that seeks to (misleadingly) suggest Fauci was praising the President’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Fauci asked for the ad to be taken down because it painted him in a political light, which he has studiously avoided throughout his career in service of six sitting presidents.
Trump’s campaign refused. And the President went off.
“Actually, Tony’s pitching arm is far more accurate than his prognostications,” tweeted the President of the United States on Tuesday morning. “‘No problem, no masks’. WHO no longer likes Lockdowns – just came out against. Trump was right. We saved 2,000,000 USA lives!!!”