Donald Trump sidelined America’s top coronavirus expert Dr Anthony Fauci after Brad Pitt played the veteran medic in a TV sketch, a White House source claimed. The President of the United States was reportedly left green with envy after Hollywood icon Pitt granted Dr Fauci’s joking request to play him in a biopic of his life for a Saturday Night Live sketch broadcast in April.
A former administration member told The Washington Post: ‘The killer for (Fauci) was when Brad Pitt played him on “Saturday Night Live”. Trump really can’t stand it when you get bigger and more popular than him. . . . Getting you off TV is the way he brings you down.’
But other White House aides have contested that claim, saying they’d seen President Trump jokingly rib Dr Fauci about being played by a Hollywood megastar.
Dr Fauci, who serves as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, shot to popularity this spring after delivering fact-filled coronavirus briefings while President Trump talked-up potential miracle treatments and vaccines which are still in development.
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President Trump announced plans to wind-down the coronavirus task force aimed at tackling the pandemic in May, with immunologist Dr Fauci and task force coordinator Dr Deborah Birx only making occasional on-camera appearances in recent weeks.
Dr Fauci is only said to have found out about plans to wind down the task force when Trump made the public announcement about doing so.
Another unnamed Trump adviser told the Post: ‘(Trump’s) been over coronavirus for a long time.’
That mole said the president is obsessed with getting the American economy back on track after coronavirus saw 40 million lose their jobs – equivalent to a sixth of the working population.
Trump is now said to be terrified of losing November’s presidential election to likely Democrat rival Joe Biden, and is keen to begin scrapping with former Vice President Biden in a bid to distract from the tanking economy and 100,300 Americans who have so-far died from coronavirus.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley denied the claims made against Trump by the Post, saying: ‘This great country has been faced with an unprecedented crisis.
‘And while the Democrats, do-nothing pundits, and the media shamelessly try and destroy this President with a coordinated, relentless, biased political assault, President Trump has focused in on the pandemic and risen to fight it head-on by taking aggressive historic action to protect the health and well-being of the American people.’
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