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Fauci hasn't met with Trump in more than a month and is being sidelined from TV appearances as the US coronavirus outbreak worsens

Added 07-12-20 10:14:02am EST - “Fauci said he hasn't briefed President Trump on the coronavirus since June 2, even as the outbreak has recorded record-high levels of infections.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Fauci hasn't met with Trump in more than a month and is being sidelined from TV appearances as the US coronavirus outbreak worsens”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said he hasn't met with President Trump in more than a month, even as the US has recorded record-high levels of daily coronavirus infections and deaths are on the rise again. 

The last time Fauci briefed Trump in person was June 2, the longtime leader of the US National Institutes of Health's infectious disease unit said in an interview with the Financial Times' Hannah Kuchler published Friday.

That was back when the US was averaging roughly 20,000 daily new infections. Throughout June and early July, the rate of new infections has steadily climbed, recently surpassing a record-high of 60,000 per day. Some of the hardest-hit states have also begun to see upticks in hospitalizations and deaths, metrics that typically lag behind new cases.

Fauci "is never in the Oval [Office] anymore," one senior administration official told The Washington Post. The Post reported that tensions between White House officials and Fauci have risen, especially as Fauci has been outspoken about his analysis of the outbreak. 

Over the past week, he's expressed views at odds with Trump about the seriousness of the virus. While Trump has touted the low coronavirus death rate in the US, Fauci called that a "false narrative" in a talk with Doug Jones, a Democratic senator from Alabama. 

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