I’m sorry, I didn’t get the memo, is the pandemic over?
Courtesy of CNN:
Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the most prominent members of the White House coronavirus task force, said on Monday that he has not spoken to or met with President Donald Trump in two weeks.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, added that his contact with the President has become much less frequent.
Their last interaction was May 18, when Trump invited Fauci to provide medical context during a teleconference with the nation’s governors. The Task Force last met on May 28 and last held a White House press briefing on May 22.
News that the pair haven’t communicated in two weeks comes during a critical period in the US coronavirus response as all 50 states have relaxed social distancing measures even as the virus’ death toll continues to climb. As of Monday, at least 1.79 million Americans have contracted the virus and at least 104,300 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Throughout the pandemic, Fauci has been a rare source of frank honesty from within the White House coronavirus task force, holding firm with an at times overly optimistic President.
I wish I could say this is surprising, but we all saw Dr. Fauci disagree publicly with Trump, and we know he cannot handle that.
So here we are about to see a huge new surge of Coronavirus outbreaks and Trump is standing all alone under an umbrella of denial.
And so begins our newest chapter of “Guess how fucked we are today.”