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Trump Complains that Fauci Has Better Approval Ratings than He Does

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Trump Complains that Fauci Has Better Approval Ratings than He Does

2020-07-29 17:48:50

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Donald Trump (Image source: Screenshot)

Donald Trump just isn't used to this. Sure, he's been the butt of jokes for a while, but he always had either his reality TV fan base or his political supporters to draw from. But now that his approval ratings are sinking lower and lower, he's having a particularly difficult time with it, especially since Dr. Anthony Fauci's approval ratings are higher.

Trump said on Tuesday that his relationship with Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, is "very good."

Just a day before, he had retweeted a post that said Fauci had misled people. But on Tuesday he thought the doctor's approval ratings should be absorbed by the Trump administration since he's part of it.

"I get along with him very well, and I agree with a lot of what he's said," Trump explained. "And he's got this high approval rating. So why don't I have a high approval rating with respect — and the administration — with respect to the virus? We should have it very high."

Trump has continuously gone against his expert with regard to the coronavirus. Fauci has spoken honestly about the effects of COVID-19, how easily it can be spread, how to protect yourself, when a vaccine could be ready, etc. But when his words didn't fit Trump's narrative, the president would go up against him. He's referred to the doctor as "a little bit of an alarmist," and the White House has worked to discredit him.

"So it sort of is curious," Trump continued, with regard to Fauci's popularity. "A man works for us, with us, very closely, Dr. Fauci, and Dr. Birx also — very highly thought of — and yet, they're highly thought of, but nobody likes me?"

"It can only be my personality, that's all," the president surmised. And frankly, at this point, after 3-1/2 years of his presidency, the list of things bringing his approval ratings down is too great. But in 2020, it's largely his handling of the pandemic.

On Monday Trump had retweeted a claim that said hydroxychloroquine was a cure for COVID-19, and that's been proven to not be true. The tweet also referred to Fauci as a "fraud." Donald Trump Jr. was retweeting similar posts. Twitter removed them, then restricted Trump Jr.'s account.

Trump's jealousy with Fauci went even further this week after the doctor was given the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Washington Nationals game with the New York Yankees. He actually made up a date to do the same at a Yankees game on August 15.

This caught both the White House and the Yankees by surprise. A few days later the president took it back. He said he wouldn't be able to throw out the first pitch because a "strong focus on the China Virus, including scheduled meetings on vaccines, our economy, and much else" would prevent him from heading to New York.

The White House told the Yankees that Trump had a prior engagement. It is true that he had a standing offer to throw out the first pitch, but nothing had been arranged. 

Trump has thrown first pitches before when he was still a private citizen. He threw a pitch at a 2006 Yankees game when they faced the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. He hasn't done so as president, though, and if he never finds the time to do it this season and goes on to not be reelected, he'll be the first sitting president in more than 100 years not to throw out a first pitch.

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