During the call, Trump added that he would be unable to remove Fauci from his position without significant pubic backlash.
Trump then pointed to his packed rallies as evidence that "people" are saying "whatever" regrading the pandemic that's still ravaging the country.
Trump's comments came as the United States reported, on Friday, 68,000 new infections in just one day - its highest daily jump in cases since July.
While Fauci is a member of Trump's coronavirus task force, the president tends to gravitate toward those within that group who hold the minority opinion on the subject of masks.
President Donald Trump called coronavirus expert Anthony Fauci a "disaster" yesterday, airing his frustration with the scientist during a call meant to reassure campaign staff he has a path to victory on November 3 despite trailing in opinion polls.
"People are exhausted of Covid".
Trump has previously said he accepted all of Fauci's recommendations while fighting the pandemic. "He's like this wonderful sage, telling us how - Fauci, if we listened to him, we'd have 700,000, 800,000 deaths".
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The Auckland outbreak also prompted Ardern to postpone the election by a month and helped increase the early voter turnout. If Labour wins more than half the seats, Ardern could form the first single-party government under the current system.
"People are exhausted of hearing Fauci and all these idiots, these people, these people that have gotten it wrong".
"I'm not running scared", Trump told reporters before taking off for Tucson, Arizona, for his fifth rally in three days. "He's been here for, like, 500 years", Trump complained of the 79-year-old Fauci, who is recognized worldwide for his work directing the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases in suburban Washington. Check back for updates.
Said Fauci: "I was anxious he was going to get sick when I saw him in a completely precarious situation of crowded, no separation between people, and nearly nobody wearing a mask".
Yet, Trump is unwise to assume that the majority of voters will only punish him at the polls for acting, rather than not acting, with 57.5 percent of the US public disapproving of his handling of the virus, as well as 64.7 percent of independent voters and just 6.5 percent of Democratic supporters. "If I listen totally to the scientists, we would right now have a country that would be in a massive depression instead of - we're like a rocket ship", Trump said mockingly over the weekend, even as the economy continues to struggle. "He said 'no masks & let China in'". "I've had good relationships with the WHO and the world needs the WHO". Trump has suggested the worst has passed. "I did subsequent experiments and now it's this way, '" Fauci said.
Many lawmakers, on both sides of the aisle, came to Fauci's defense after Trump's disparaging remarks were made public today.
Over 8.1 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the U.S. More than 200,000 Americans have died.
Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 just days after the Rose Garden ceremony.