For Fauci to go on record this way, knowing how it’s destined to piss Trump off, there must be tremendous pressure on him from the rest of the feds’ coronavirus-response bigwigs. There was a story last week that Deborah Birx was “distressed” by Atlas’s growing influence within the task force, to the point where she’s reportedly considering stepping down. Just this morning, an NBC reporter overheard CDC chief Robert Redfield saying of Atlas, “Everything he says is false.” Remarkably, when asked by the reporter to confirm that that remark referred to Atlas, Redfield did so.
The infectious-disease experts in the federal government have clearly had enough of being publicly contradicted by a radiologist who is where he is because he used to appear regularly on Fox News. If Fauci’s now willing to publicly identify Atlas as a problem, which he did today in an interview with CNN, I’m guessing it means either (a) he really is worried that Birx and/or others are ready to quit and is staging a sort of intervention or (b) he’s been asked by others within the government to use his credibility with the public to alert them to a problem with Atlas.
Something’s got to give. If the knives are out like this, it’s hard to believe the team will remain intact for much longer.