July 16, 2020, 09.23 PM

WASHINGTON, KOMPAS.com – The US’ leading infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, calls the White House criticism to discredit him as “bizarre.”

President Trump’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro, launched an attack on Anthony Fauci in a scathing opinion piece on USA Today.

In the article, Peter Navarro attacked the infectious disease expert for having made mistakes in handling the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the criticism, the White House has denied that Fauci has been sidelined. President Trump has additionally issued a rebuke of Peter Navarro’s opinion piece.

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Anthony Fauci has become an immensely trusted and popular figure in the US during the coronavirus pandemic.

Fauci has also been criticized by President Trump and some of his Republican allies including when Fauci cautioned against the reopening of the US economy too early.

US states that loosened coronavirus restrictions early are now facing an uptick in new Covid-19 infections.

This latest development has caused clashes between the infectious disease expert and the White House.

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