Dr. Anthony Fauci’s ouster could drive “mass resignation” or imperil President Trump’s reelection chances, current and former White House officials say, even as the doctor speaks out publicly against the Trump campaign’s use of him in a recent political advertisement.
One senior White House official expressed a fear that talking too much about Fauci could tamper with Trump’s reelection chances. With just three weeks left in the presidential race, both Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are heavily courting seniors, who are particularly worried about the coronavirus Fauci is trying to fight.
A former White House official said that while all of the White House coronavirus task force doctors “get sidelined to a certain extent,” Fauci’s utility in the lead-up to the campaign as seen through a recent advertisement gives him some sticking power.
Other health officials, such as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and his team, “are just trying to survive now,” this person