- The Washington Post reported on Sunday that the White House is taking active steps to undermine and freeze Fauci out, including limiting his media appearances and undercutting confidence in his work.
- A national poll conducted by The New York Times and Siena College in mid-June found 76% of Americans trust Fauci for "accurate information" about the COVID-19 pandemic compared to 26% who trust Trump.
- On average, 39% of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the pandemic on average compared to 57% who disapprove in FiveThirtyEight's tracker of polls gauging support for his handling on the pandemic.
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President Donald Trump is reportedly spooked by Dr. Anthony Fauci's overwhelmingly high approval numbers compared to his own poor ratings on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.
On Sunday, the Washington Post and New York Times reported that the White House is now taking more active and overt steps to undermine Fauci's messaging, including restricting his media appearances and even circulating an opposition-research style document laying out various "mistakes" they said Fauci made at the beginning of the pandemic.