Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday he has “total” confidence in Dr. Anthony Fauci, after he was asked by a reporter at a Kentucky appearance what his level of confidence is in the infectious disease expert at this point.
Why this matters: The top Republican leader’s remark comes as the public feud between the Trump White House and Fauci continues to simmer.
The White House is making a concerted effort to discredit Fauci as he becomes increasingly vocal about his concerns over reopening the country during a national surge in coronavirus cases. Trump and Fauci are also no longer speaking.
"Dr. Fauci is a nice man, but he's made a lot of mistakes," Trump said this week, undermining the public health expert Americans say in polls they trust more than the President.
But Trump does not plan to dismiss Fauci, and probably couldn't directly fire him if he wanted to, White House officials have determined. He insisted on Monday that his relationship with the doctor remains strong.