In recent months, Trump has routinely gossiped with close associates and advisers that Fauci is behaving like a member of anti-MAGA “resistance” commentators. In the past few weeks, the president has told multiple people that he believes Fauci is angling to earn the media’s adulation and that it at times appears to him that the famous infectious disease expert is “audition[ing]” or “trying to get a job at CNN,” according to two sources with knowledge of his private comments…

“You just have this continued defiance of not only public health guidelines but now we have a president advocating cures that don’t exist. We have various senators appearing in closed meetings without masks … they are modeling the worst possible behavior,” said Kathleen Sebelius, former director for the Department of Health and Human Services. “What we’re looking at is a president who has intentionally undermined what has always been a non partisan voice of science. Since the middle of March when the president began defying the guidelines and urging states to open when they were not ready … hundred of thousands of people have died.”