Navarro challenges 60 Minutes over pandemic preparednessFauci confirms report Trump rebuffed social-distancing adviceTrump coronavirus tsar Peter Navarro defended the administration’s pandemic response on CBS on Sunday night, angrily challenging his hosts to show him they had covered pandemic preparations under previous administrations. Related: Peter Navarro: what Trump's Covid-19 tsar lacks in expertise, he makes up Continue reading...
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White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said trade advisor Peter Navarro's attack on Dr. Fauci was an 'independent action'
White House trade advisor Peter Navarro published an op-ed Tuesday attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci, claiming that...White House trade advisor Peter Navarro published an op-ed Tuesday attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci, claiming that everything that the infectious disease expert has told him about the pandemic "has been wrong." Fauci, who also serves on the White House coronavirus task force, has become the nation's leading source for insight amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told pool reporters that Navarro's attacks were an "independent actions" and were "not supported overtly or covertly by anybody in the West Wing." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The White House is distancing itself from trade advisor Peter Navarro's Tuesday attacks on infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. On Tuesday, Navarro published a scathing op-ed for USA Today on Tuesday, claiming that everything that Fauci had told him about the pandemic was "wrong" — from mask wearing and social distancing to hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment. "Dr. Anthony Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on," Navarro wrote in the op-ed. "So when you ask me whether I listen to Dr. Fauci's advice, my answer is: only with skepticism and caution," Navarro continued. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told pool reporters aboard Air Force One that Navarro had acted independently in his choice to publish the op-ed. "Peter Navarro's statement or op-ed, or whatever you want to classify it as, was an independent action that was a violation of well-established protocols that was not supported overtly or covertly by anybody in the West Wing," Meadows said, according to a tweet from The New York Times' Peter Baker. The White House also said earlier Wednesday that the op-ed violated protocol because it didn't sign off on publication. In stark contrast, however, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that President personally supported the op-ed. "Not only was he authorized by Trump, he was encouraged," an administration official told the LA Times Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has become the country's leading health expert amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic. As states across the US report record-high surges in coronavirus cases, Fauci has called the development of the pandemic his "worst nightmare." The Trump administration, on the other hand, has been urging states to reopen their economies to rejuvenate the failing economy amid the unprecedented health crisis. President Donald Trump has been critical of Fauci as well, saying that the health expert is a "nice man," but he has "made a lot of mistakes." Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
As the US sees record-high surges in coronavirus cases, the White House is seeking to undercut...As the US sees record-high surges in coronavirus cases, the White House is seeking to undercut the country's top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has criticized the US response to the virus. White House trade advisor Peter Navarro penned an op-ed for USA Today Tuesday attacking Fauci and saying the infectious disease expert "has been wrong about everything" — from mask wearing to using hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment. As a director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fauci has offered science-based advice to Americans amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, which has at times been opposed by individuals in the White House. While the White House has urged states to reopen their economies amid the pandemic, Fauci has painted a much darker picture of the reality of the virus, calling it his "worst nightmare." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Anti-China trade adviser has become the face of the White House's criticism of the country's top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci. White House trade advisor Peter Navarro penned an op-ed for USA Today Tuesday attacking Fauci, who serves on the White House coronavirus task force. The op-ed largely repeats what Navarro has previously said to other publications. Navarro, who has no public health expertise, wrote that Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, "has been wrong about everything," claiming the White House and public health officials have been at odds over a number of issues, including stopping flights from China at the end of January. Navarro also said Fauci was "flip-flopping" on his use of face masks to mitigate the spread of the virus. Fauci had explained that he discouraged the use of face masks at the beginning of the pandemic to reserve the little supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the national stockpile at the time for healthcare professionals at the frontlines. Though he believes that face masks won't completely prevent transmission, Fauci now encourages the use of face masks — at the very least, cloth facial coverings — to contain viral particles that could be present in an individual's saliva, adding that social distancing is paramount to impede infection. The infectious disease expert remains optimistic about the timeline of a coronavirus vaccine within the coming year, though he has cautioned people against relying on hydroxychloroquine — an anti-malaria drug — as a coronavirus treatment given a lack of sufficient evidence of its effectiveness. In the op-ed, Navarro claimed he showed Fauci "scientific studies providing evidence of safety and efficacy," despite a number of health experts saying it is still too soon to tell if the drug can safely treat the coronavirus. President Donald Trump also supported hydroxychloroquine as a treatment, even so far as to take it himself as a "preventative measure." Coronavirus whistleblower and vaccine scientist Dr. Rick Bright also discouraged the use of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment. He claimed in his whistleblower complaint that he was ousted from his top position at the Department of Health and Human Services because he refused to tout the drug as a treatment. Now, as the US sees record-high surges in coronavirus cases, the White House has encouraged states to reopen without a comprehensive coronavirus testing and contact tracing infrastructure — a vital component to reopening the country safely, according to health experts. Though seemingly unphased by the rising cases, as Trump referred to the rising cases as "embers" to be stamped out, Fauci has painted a much darker picture, calling the current situation of the pandemic his "worst nightmare." "Now we have something that turned out to be my worst nightmare," he said. "In the period of four months, it has devastated the world." Trump has attempted to assure Americans that the US by reiterating the low mortality rate of the virus. "Now we have tested almost 40 million people. By so doing, we show cases, 99% of which are totally harmless," Trump said. "Results that no other country can show because no other country has the testing that we have, not in terms of the numbers or in terms of quality." Navarro echoed the point in his op-ed, calling the lower mortality rate "the single most important statistic to help guide the pace of our economic reopening." "The lower the mortality rate, the faster and more we can open," he wrote. In stark contrast, the infectious disease expert said that taking "comfort" in the lower death rate could promote a "false narrative" on the development of the pandemic. "There's so many other things that are very dangerous and very bad about this virus," Fauci said. "Don't get yourself into false complacency."SEE ALSO: Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro claimed Fauci is 'wrong about everything,' as the White House seeks to discredit him on COVID-19 Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: July 15 is Tax Day — here's what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time
Trade adviser also claims without foundation that the virus ‘was a product of the Chinese Communist...Trade adviser also claims without foundation that the virus ‘was a product of the Chinese Communist party’White House adviser Peter Navarro claimed Donald Trump was being “tongue-in-cheek” when he claimed to have asked public health officials to slow down coronavirus testing. Related: Donald Trump sows division and promises 'greatness' at Tulsa rally flop Continue reading...