- The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that President Donald Trump personally “authorized” and “encouraged” an op-ed by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci.
- Fauci is the nation’s top infectious-disease expert and a member of the White House coronavirus task force.
- The LA Times’ reporting contradicts the White House’s claim from earlier Wednesday that it did not sign off on the Navarro op-ed and he broke protocol by publishing it.
- Trump and his allies have leveled a string of public attacks against Fauci in recent days, accusing him of mishandling the coronavirus outbreak and circulating a list of talking points, characterized as opposition research, against him.
- The attacks also come as Trump is reportedly rattled by Fauci’s soaring reputation with the American public, his approval rating on handling the pandemic, and his frequent television appearances.
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The White House said Wednesday it did not sign off on a controversial op-ed that trade adviser Peter Navarro wrote attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, characterizing it as “the opinion of Peter alone.”