On Tuesday, Joe Biden praised Dr. Anothny Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and said he would keep him as a leading member of the coronavirus task force.
Fauci has faced President Trump’s criticism on more than one occasion and several prominent conservatives have also been critical of him due to his conflicting coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement posted to Twitter, Biden said: “If I’m elected, I’ll immediately reach out to Dr. Fauci and ask him to continue his incredible service to our country.”
Biden also swiped President Trump, who Democrats claim does not listen to the experts around him.
“I’ll have the nation’s top medical experts and scientists ready to advise our response on day one — and I’ll actually listen to them,” the former vice president added.
If I’m elected, I’ll immediately reach out to Dr. Fauci and ask him to continue his incredible service to our country.
I’ll have the nation’s top medical experts and scientists ready to advise our response on day one — and I'll actually listen to them.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 30, 2020
The Independent Journal Review reports Dr. Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx have served as Trump’s top health advisors for the coronavirus pandemic, but Trump has tweeted several times conflicting Fauci and once retweeted a post calling for his firing.
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley wrote the tweet off as mainstream media hysteria.
“This media chatter is ridiculous,” Gidley said in a statement. “President Trump is not firing Dr. Fauci. The president’s tweet clearly exposed media attempts to maliciously push a falsehood about his China decision in an attempt to rewrite history.”