This is the third time today that I have written about the apparent clash between Trump and Fauci. We referenced a Vanity Fair article that used sources from inside the White House who said that Trump is furious with Fauci. As per always, Trump’s fury with staff in the White House or the executive branch is when an employee puts facts ahead of loyalty. Heads get put on chopping blocks in the purge.
Fauci was not at this press conference again today and people want to know why … because they have a pretty good idea as to why. Trump is rotating to economic issues and possibly lifting restrictions in 8 days
It would be uncomfortable to have a man standing there saying that might be a poor idea. So he’s not there.
The best one, from Mika:
Where is Fauci? Disturbing. “At a certain point, we have to get open. .. we will be doing something very very quickly.. We can do two things at once.” …Then the President talks about how the flu and auto accidents can also be deadly.. WOW. That lack of Fauci shows.
— Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) March 23, 2020 
Yes. As Mike knows, auto accidents don’t cause possible hundreds of thousands of deaths all within the same month or two – or they’d break the healthcare system. The part that goes so unreported, the number of people that don’t die, but spend significant time in the ICU, a long recovery. Thankfully, there are far more many of them, and yet they’re not talked about. The numbers render them unable to assist the economy and tax the healthcare systm.
The Fonz know this isn’t cool with this:
Our country NEEDS to hear or see Dr. Fauci at least once a day ! Period
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real) March 23, 2020 
Malcolm Nance understands all threats to this country – all of them, and he seems angry:
#HolyFuck ! WE ARE IN DANGER: Trump press conference emphasizes that we are 8 days in a 15 day isolation period where he is proposing to send the country back to work. He has removed Dr Fauci from the briefing. They think we are done with the crisis except in “hot spots”!
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) March 23, 2020 
This next one is critical. Trump straight out said that it may come to a point for him to overrule the medical recommendations in the interests of the economy. I might as well point out that one week ago, I wrote a column stating that the experts expect the wave to crest in 2-3 weeks. Next week will be two weeks, and that opens up the economy just as the wave hits its highest crest.
Here is the President announcing he would overrule Dr. Fauci and other doctors if they came to him next week saying it's too dangerous to have people going back to work. pic.twitter.com/AtUqyblpeK 
— Matt Rogers 🎙 (@Politidope) March 23, 2020 
We have seen this pattern before, and it is godawful. It is slow-walked for a couple of weeks, some assurances were given with cliches, nothing substantive, and then on a huge news day, he’s “reassigned,” which is nothing but a placeholder to be fired two weeks later, when he “decides to retire” because he won’t be allowed to do anything.
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