White House officials have denied attempting to tarnish Fauci's reputation.
Several news outlets recently claimed that the White House had prepared a list of comments made by Fauci about the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. as a means of detailing times when the expert was wrong about the novel infectious disease.
That effort came after Trump publicly criticized Fauci in a pair of television interviews, and an interview published last weekend by the Financial Times in which Fauci said he had not briefed the president in more than two months, and hadn't seen him in person at the White House since early June.
Dr Fauci has defended his earlier comments on masks, citing new research and saying it was due to concerns over scarcity at the time for healthcare providers.
However, the Association of American Medical Colleges has blasted the White House's criticism of Dr Fauci, claiming his quotes had been taken out of context in order to discredit him.
President Donald Trump said Monday he has a "very good" working relationship with America's top infectious disease specialist, despite repeatedly undercutting the respected scientist amid the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Post, Navarro has been lobbying against Fauci since the doctor refused to endorse unproven drug hydroxychloroquine, which had been touted by Navarro and Trump.
"Dr. Fauci has been an independent and outspoken voice for truth as the nation has struggled to fight the coronavirus pandemic".
Less than four months before the presidential election, Trump has repeatedly minimized the dramatic increase in the number of COVID-19 cases across the US, even as the country surpasses 3.3 million confirmed infections and 135,000 deaths, the world's highest toll. "Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most, that we are told to trust", claimed a tweet from a former TV game show host, Chuck Woolery, that Trump retweeted.
Fauci did not respond to a request for comment Monday.
Mr Trump has claimed he likes Dr Fauci despite the White House leak.
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For one, with Biden so far ahead in polling at this late date, Trump should be focusing on attacking the presumptive Democratic nominee.
In a statement, a member of the administration says officials are concerned "Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things".
In late April, similar unexpected absences sent the U.S. media into 24/7 Dr Fauci firing watch.
Others within the president's orbit chalk up the disagreement to understandable frustration on Trump's part.
If Fauci and Birx are striking the same unflinching tone about the virus, why has one incurred Trump's displeasure while the other maintains his favor?
"I have a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci".
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The US is now testing some 600,000 people a day, according to the COVID Tracking Project, but even this is deemed insufficient by health experts because of the very high rate of positive cases being found.
Berra, who represents in Congress the suburbs of Sacramento, which is California's capital, told VOA that if the president is not going to lead, "we've got to work directly with the states and the governors to make sure they get the best information".
The doctor's comments have grown increasingly pointed over the past few weeks as nationwide case numbers hit 3 million and the number of deaths in the USA rose above 135,000. On Friday, a record 71,787 cases were confirmed.