Dr. Anthony Fauci faces criticism as President Donald Trump turns the blame on the disease expert for the current surge of coronavirus cases in the U.S. which came as a result of the aggressive reopening of its states. 

According to a report, the White House has turned against Dr. Anthony Fauci and has been planning to discredit him for his warnings regarding the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. 

A White House official released a statement on Sunday which said that "several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things."

This referred to Fauci's previous statements on the coronavirus pandemic in January wherein he has commented that the virus did not pose a major threat. They added that Fauci has also misguided the nation in March when he said that "people should not be walking around with masks.

Although Fauci had been wrong about his previous statements, his conclusions had been based on evolving scientific data that were available at the time. His initial statements were widely backed and supported by White House officials before. 

With Fauci revisiting such statements to arrive at what has been an unfolding of the truth on how bad the pandemic has been getting, Trump insists on highlighting that the country's coronavirus response has been succeeding. 

Fauci has been openly disputing the President's claims. He had commented that the country's decision to reopen states had been a premature decision and that he would not be surprised if daily cases go up to 100,000 a day. 

The crisis has indeed worsened with at least 3.4 million confirmed infections and over 138,000 deaths with states continually reaching record-high numbers. This caused governors and mayors to retreat and withdraw reopenings as the COVID-19 countrywide infection rate has gone over 60,000 a day. 

With the pandemic clearly going out of hand, more physicians, scientists and politicians have been sharing Fauci's assertions regarding the virus.

The conflict between Trump and Fauci and the growing pessimism about the crisis in the U.S. is said to impact the President's viability for reelection in November. Meanwhile, Fauci has belatedly been receiving support from the public. 

A recent poll taken by the New York Times/Sienna College saw that 2 in 3 registered American voters approved of the doctor while only 1 in 4 voters approved of Trump. 

Dr. Brett Giroir said in an interview on Sunday that Fauci agrees to the notion that he is not always 100% right, but that he has always taken public health as a huge factor in his considerations. 

Donald Trump Donald Trump speaks at the First in the Nation Leadership Summit in Nashua, NH, on April 18, 2015 Andrew Cline / Shutterstock.com