The White House’s criticism of the disease expert had initially come in a leaked government memo, but officials have since confirmed the details to US news outlets.
NBC News reported a White House official had told it: “several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr Fauci has been wrong on things”.
The source also provided a list of comments Dr Fauci had made at earlier stages of the pandemic, including the time the adviser had said COVID-19 was “not a major threat”.
The White House also pointed to a comment made by Dr Fauci in March when he noted “people should not be walking around with masks”.
However, the Association of American Medical Colleges has blasted the White House’s criticism of Dr Fauci, claiming his quotes had been taken out of context in order to discredit him.
“The AAMC is extremely concerned and alarmed by efforts to discredit Anthony Fauci, MD, our nation’s top infectious disease expert.
“Dr. Fauci has been an independent and outspoken voice for truth as the nation has struggled to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
“As we are seeing from the surge in COVID-19 cases in areas that have reopened, science and facts—not wishful thinking or politics—must guide America’s response to this pandemic.
“Taking quotes from Dr. Fauci out of context to discredit his scientific knowledge and judgment will do tremendous harm to our nation’s efforts to get the virus under control, restore our economy, and return us to a more normal way of life.”
Dr Fauci has yet to comment on the leaked White House memo. However, on July 10 he admitted to the Financial Times he had a “reputation” for “not sugar-coating things”.
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In April, president Trump fuelled speculation by retweeting a conservative who had tweeted the phrase “Time to #FireFauci”.
It followed a comment made by the advisor that more lives could have been saved if the US had acted earlier to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Dr Fauci told CNN that month: “I mean, obviously, you could logically say that if you had a process that was ongoing and you started mitigation earlier, you could have saved lives.
“Obviously, no one is going to deny that. But what goes into those decisions is complicated.”
And in May, Mr Trump accused Dr Fauci of wanting “to play all sides of the equation” after the advisor warned against opening schools too early.
Dr Fauci also reiterated concerns in May that states would reopen prematurely, leading to “little spikes that might turn into outbreaks”.
And more recently, the adviser said on June 30 that the nation’s rate of new COVID-19 cases could reach 100,000 every day if outbreaks are not contained.
Dr Fauci made the comments while testifying on Capitol Hill, according to the New York Times. The adviser said: “I can’t make an accurate prediction, but it is going to be very disturbing, I will guarantee you that”.
On July 13 there were 9,156 new cases of coronavirus in Texas, according to figures obtained by Worldometer.
This is down from a high of 11,394 on July 9, but much higher than on June 13, when 2,262 new cases had been recorded.