Well, what we have seen is an escalating war between the White House and Dr. Fauci.
Dr. Fauci has served some five presidents before President Trump. And he’s someone who is very respected. He was someone who also said before this op-ed was written by Peter Navarro that the American public should really trust scientists, including himself.
So, Peter Navarro wrote this op-ed. There was some reporting by The L.A. Times that President Trump personally approved the op-ed. But the White House chief of staff came out and quickly said that’s not true, that the president thinks that Peter Navarro should not have written this op-ed.
But that still is not — is still in line with the idea that White House officials have continued to criticize Dr. Fauci, including the president himself.
What we now know now is that the White House is trying its best to spin this and say that the White House has not been trying to take on Dr. Fauci. And, today, Vice President Pence tweeted out a photo of him meeting with Dr. Fauci. White House sources tell me that Dr. Fauci has been talking to the vice president regularly.
But, still, Dr. Fauci has not spoken directly to the president, it seems, in some months.
Well, having been at that event, it was really something to behold. It was remarkable to see the president transform the Rose Garden, which has been used for official announcements and policy announcements for decades, into a really campaign-style venue.
The president lashed out at Joe Biden for 63 minutes. He only took questions for about six minutes. The thesis of his entire speech was that there are big differences between him and Joe Biden.
I will say that it was really remarkable to see the president kind of air these grievances in that way. The president has not been on the campaign trail very much. And, as a result, we have seen the president use other venues increasingly to talk about the campaign and make sure that people think that he is the one that’s best — that’s best suited to lead the country going forward.
And the other thing that we saw, of course, as a result of this is people really questioning the ethical decisions in this White House. So we saw the president also, along with Ivanka Trump, his daughter, and a White House adviser talk about Goya and post pictures of Goya products, saying that people should be using those products.
So there are a lot of questions about the ethical decisions being made. I have been told by some sources that Ivanka Trump is going to possibly be the focus of a complaint going forward because they think that she violated the Hatch Act.
Well, the president has been someone who has been digging in on culture wars.
He’s someone who has also not wanted to talk about the words systemic racism, or say that African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by police killings. African-Americans really make up 13 percent of the U.S. population. They’re 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police.
So, today, we saw a lot of people criticizing the president for those comments, including the attorney for the family of George Floyd. As they were announcing a lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and the police there, they said that the president really needed to think about the context in which — that George Ford was killed.
The other thing to note is that the president, though, is going to continue to do this. So, the reaction from the Trump campaign is that this is the president being the president, and that he is a president for all Americans, and shouldn’t focus only on police killings of African-Americans, which activists and the family of George Floyd said is just wrong.