July 29, 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci is still talking. But is the president listening?

It was always going to be a tense relationship, the one between a Queens real estate developer to the manner born and the Brooklyn pharmacist’s son steeped in Catholicism. One golfs, the other runs. One is a self-proclaimed billionaire genius and television personality, the other a lifelong civil servant and scientist.

Improbably, Donald Trump (the golfer) and Dr. Anthony Fauci (the jogger) have managed to get along for months, brought together to fight the coronavirus. Maybe they were never going to spend weekends together at Mar-a-Lago, but when Trump invited “Tony” to speak at the daily coronavirus task force briefings throughout April and May, there was a sense that Fauci spoke for the administration and, what’s more, that when he spoke, the administration listened.

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