Trump ‘plans to fire top US infectious disease expert’
US President Donald Trump has suggested he will fire the country’s top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci after Tuesday’s election.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Opa-locka, Florida, Mr Trump expressed frustration that the surging cases of coronavirus that has killed more than 230,000 Americans so far this year remains prominent in the news.
Responding to chants of “Fire Fauci” from his supporters, Mr Trump told his supporters he appreciated their “advice” and added: “Don’t tell anybody but let me wait until a little bit after the election.”
Mr Trump’s comments on Dr Fauci less than 48 hours before polls close all but assure that his handling of the pandemic will remain front and centre heading into election day.
It is the most direct Mr Trump has been in suggesting he was serious about trying to remove Dr Fauci from his position.
He has previously expressed that he was concerned about the political blowback of removing the popular and respected doctor before the election.