President Trump (left) and NIAID chief Anthony Fauci in the White House press room, April 22, 2020 (Michael Reynolds/Sipa via AP Images)

White House tries to dis­cred­it An­tho­ny Fau­ci — could he be on his way out?

For two months in late win­ter and ear­ly spring, An­tho­ny Fau­ci and Pres­i­dent Trump stood in un­easy co-ex­is­tence at White House brief­in­gs — an un­like­ly truce be­tween an in­fec­tious dis­ease of­fi­cial who had helped com­bat AIDS and Ebo­la and a pres­i­dent who re­peat­ed­ly de­nied the dan­ger of a virus that would go on to kill 100,000 Amer­i­cans, re­peat­ed­ly re­ject­ed masks and cer­tain so­cial dis­tanc­ing ef­forts, and pro­mot­ed a drug with lit­tle sci­en­tif­ic ba­sis.

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