Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a group of reporters that he has “total” confidence in Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Fauci’s reputation has been in question by the White House as he has contradicted himself on multiple occasions and specifically clashed with President Trump’s messaging.
Speaking with a group of reporters in Shelby County, Kentucky, McConnell was asked how he felt about Fauci amid this feud.
“What is your level of confidence in Dr. Fauci at this point?” the reporter asked per the Independent Journal Review.
“Total,” McConnell answered.
Video via CBS affiliate @WLKY
Q: "What's your level of confidence in Dr. Fauci at this point?"
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The Independent Journal Review has more on the feud:
Throughout the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, Fauci was a regular face on television during the daily coronavirus task force briefings. But Trump and Fauci’s relationship has since grown if not colder, then certainly more distant. Fauci has said that he sometimes goes weeks without speaking to the president.
This week, Trump amplified a tweet accusing Fauci and others of lying and the reports circulated of anti-Fauci talking points. And this week, top White House advisor Peter Navarro, who has butted heads with Fauci behind-the-scenes declared in an op-ed, “Dr. Anthony Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.”
Fauci also recently garnered support from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsay Graham, who said he has “all the respect in the world for” him.
“We don’t have a Dr. Fauci problem, we need to be focusing on doing things that get us where we need to go. So I have all the respect in the world for Dr. Fauci. I think any effort to undermine him is not going to be productive, quite frankly,” he said via the IJR.
Graham argued the country should move forward productively, without these squabbles.
“Getting in a contest with Dr. Fauci about whether he was right or wrong doesn’t move the ball forward because here’s where we are as a nation, the infection rate is going up, we shut the whole country down,” he concluded.