ANTHONY FAUCI has today revealed he uses security protection because of harassment and death threats over his statements about the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Fauci who is an infectious diseases expert has had is own security detail since at least April after disagreeing with Trump.
His wife and his three adult daughters, Jennifer, 34, Megan, 31, and Alison, 28, have also received threats.
In an interview with CNN he said: “Getting death threats for me and my family and harassing my daughters to the point where I have to get security is just, I mean, it’s amazing."
“I wish that they did not have to go through that.”
The 79-year-old doctor who is a member of the White House pandemic task force, noted that some “anti-science” sentiment in the US is making it difficult for people to follow COVID-19 mitigation measures, such as wearing masks.
He said: “I wouldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams that people who object to things that are pure public health principles are so set against it, and don’t like what you and I say, namely in the word of science, that they actually threaten you.
“I mean, that to me is just strange.”
In recent months, Fauci has become vocal about his fears in opening schools and businesses before the virus is under control.
Trump lashed out at Fauci on Saturday over why the US has had so many coronavirus cases in comparison to Europe, saying the expert is "wrong."
Trump tweeted in retaliation to Fauci's testimony to Congress.
He wrote: "We have more cases because we have tested far more than any other country, 60,000,000,"
In July, the White House distributed a list of errors they claim Fauci made at the start of the pandemic.
Even President Donald Trump told Fox News in an interview with Chris Wallace, which aired last month, that Fauci is a "little bit of an alarmist".
But more than half of Americans said that they trust Dr Anthony Fauci on coronavirus – while just 31 percent have faith in Donald Trump.
Data collected by NBC, shows that 58 percent of Americans say they do not trust what the president has said about the pandemic.
In the US, there are currently more than four million confirmed cases of the virus and more than 159,000 deaths.
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