Live Coronavirus Updates: Trump Aides Target Fauci

Live Coronavirus Updates: Trump Aides Target Fauci

As Fauci becomes more vocal, Trump aides are moving to undercut him.

President Trump’s advisers undercut the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, over the weekend, anonymously providing details to various news outlets about statements he had made early in the outbreak that they said were inaccurate.

The move to treat Dr. Fauci as if he were a warring political rival comes as he has grown increasingly vocal in his concerns about the national surge in coronavirus cases. He has also noted his lack of access to Mr. Trump.

Aides to Mr. Trump released to The Washington Post and other news outlets a list of remarks Dr. Fauci made about the virus when it was in its early stages. It featured several comments White House aides had privately complained about for months.

An official told The Post that several other officials were concerned about how often Dr. Fauci had been wrong.

Last week, Mr. Trump told Fox News that Dr. Fauci had been wrong about many aspects of the pandemic. Dr. Fauci “is a nice man, but he’s made a lot of mistakes,” the president said.

In Houston, elected leaders hope a renewed stay-at-home order will curb the city’s outbreak, one of the worst in the country. “Not only do we need a stay home order now, but we need to stick with it this time until the hospitalization curve comes down, not just flattens,” Lina Hidalgo, the Harris County judge and chief executive for Texas’ most populous county, wrote on Twitter.

In Atlanta, the mayor has said that the city was preparing to shift back to a largely stay-at-home phase. But the Georgia governor’s office described that as “merely guidance.”

In the Midwest, cases have been trending upward in every state except Nebraska and South Dakota.

“There is now clear evidence that the resumption of alcohol sales has resulted in substantial pressure being put on hospitals, including trauma and I.C.U. units due to motor vehicle accidents, violence as well as related trauma that are alcohol induced,” Mr. Ramaphosa said.

The government is also reintroducing an overnight curfew.

In other developments around the world:

The U.S. can proceed with an execution despite the pandemic, a court rules.

Mr. Lee is set to become first federal inmate in 17 years to be put to death, after the Trump administration announced a campaign last year to bring back the federal death penalty from what had been a de facto moratorium.

Reporting was contributed by Brooks Barnes, Emma Bubola, Chris Buckley, Sheri Fink, Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura, Hailey Fuchs, Maggie Haberman, Rick Rojas, Dana Rubinstein and Mitch Smith.




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