Meanwhile, Donald Trump faces an approval rating that is increasingly underwater.
Although surveys reveal a range of reasons a majority of Americans disapprove of Trump’s response to the public health crisis, he seemed oblivious.
“It’s interesting,” the president said. “He’s got a very good approval rating, and I like that. It’s good. Because, remember, he’s working for this administration. He’s working with us. We could’ve gotten other people. We could’ve gotten somebody else. It didn’t have to be Dr. Fauci. He’s working with our administration, and for the most part, we’ve done pretty much what he and others … recommended.”
Trump continued, lamenting that Fauci has “got this high approval rating” that does not extend to the Oval Office.
“It sort of is curious,” Trump concluded. “A man works for us, with us, very closely, Dr. Fauci and Dr. [Deborah] Birx, also highly thought of, and yet they’re highly thought of, but nobody likes me. It can only be my personality. That’s all.”