The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Fauci is the country’s No. 1 immunologist and has advised six presidents in times of trouble.
So the anti-Trump obsessives are all but praying for the president to can him, and so justify their contempt for the chief executive. Meanwhile, the “we hate this quarantine” crew imagines life can go back to normal if the science dude just shuts up.
Fauci sees no split: “Even though we disagree on some things, [Trump] listens,” he told Science magazine. “He goes his own way. He has his own style. But on substantive issues, he does listen to what I say.”
On Tuesday, he said he wishes media bids to sow division “would stop, because we have a much bigger problem here.” Amen.
Trump’s understandable desire to open things back up by Easter (a hope shared by tens if not hundr of millions) makes Fauci the nation’s most essential worker: He can balance the president’s instincts with science.
The nation really doesn’t need kibitzers trying to create a soap opera around these two leaders, and so undermine that important yin-and-yang cooperation.
By and large, this leadership team is working. No doubt the White House is now seeing some tension: That’s inevitable in the middle of an unprecedented crisis.