Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is itching to hear from Dr. Anthony Fauci as he testifies before the Senate Health Committee Tuesday morning. The Democrat believes that without President Trump looking over his shoulder, Fauci can tell them how he really feels about the administration.
"Fauci has a huge amount of respect and it seems at times he's muzzled by the president," Schumer said. "The president is always lurking over his shoulder. This is the first time we get to hear him without the president looking over his shoulder or cutting him off or cutting the reporter off who asks the question, as he does frequently."
Sen. Chuck Schumer: "This is the first time we get to hear [Dr. Fauci] without the President looking over his shoulder." pic.twitter.com/evVimd4m0C— The Hill (@thehill) May 12, 2020
On the Senate floor, Schumer advised Dr. Fauci to "let it rip."
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was quick to tell Schumer that he was guilty of wishful thinking.
"Perhaps Sen. Schumer was napping every Sunday morning when we put Dr. Fauci out on the Sunday shows," McEnany reacted on Fox News. As she reminded him, Fauci has called the White House's response "impressive."
The media has for weeks now been trying to drive a wedge between the president and his task force. Yet, Dr. Fauci has stood by Trump since the beginning, praising Trump's decision to ban travel to and from China back in January as having likely slowed the spread of the virus and saved thousands of lives.
Joining Dr. Fauci at Tuesday's virtual hearing include Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and Adm. Brett P. Giroir, assistant secretary of health.
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