“Dr. Fauci’s made some mistakes, but I have a very good — I spoke to him yesterday at length — I have a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci,” Trump said. “He’s a little bit of an alarmist — that’s OK.”
Trump in the interview listed several “mistakes” he said Fauci has made in recent months, including his original stance on the wearing of masks.
During the Sunday interview, Trump ultimately admitted that he himself had made some mistakes in the coronavirus response but said he would “be right eventually.”
When host Chris Wallace asked if Trump’s errors discredited him, the President said he didn’t think so, claiming he has “been right probably more than anybody else.”
Speaking to The Atlantic last week, Fauci called White House attacks on him “bizarre” and said they ultimately damaged Trump.
“I cannot figure out in my wildest dreams why they would want to do that,” he said. “I think they realize now that that was not a prudent thing to do, because it’s only reflecting negatively on them.”
CNN’s Kevin Liptak and Jim Acosta contributed to this report.