WHITE HOUSE - President Donald Trump reiterated Monday that he has "a very good relationship" with Dr. Anthony Fauci despite weekend media reports that showed the administration undercutting one of the most prominent members of its coronavirus task force.
Trump was asked by reporters about the physician during a White House event focused on law enforcement. While the president has previously commented favorably on his relationship with Fauci, Monday he said, "I don't always agree with him."
Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is on the White House task force responding to COVID-19, the disease resulting from the virus that has infected millions of Americans and shows no signs of abating.
At a media briefing earlier Monday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was asked about a statement that Peter Navarro, a trade adviser to the president, sent to The Washington Post and published in an article July 11 that asserted Fauci "has a good bedside manner with the public but he has been wrong about everything I have ever interacted with him on."
Other media organizations characterized the statement by Navarro as campaign-style opposition research.