How Fauci and Birx became coronavirus rock stars

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    President Trump seemed surprised by the backlash he received when he mentioned rolling back the coronavirus task force, which includes Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, both pillars of solace for many during these uncertain times. Chris Cillizza explains how the coronavirus task force came to be, and why their popularity may be the reason Trump wanted to get rid of them.

    SOURCES AND FURTHER READING:
    Dr. Anthony Fauci’s career under 6 US presidents
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/02/health/gallery/anthony-fauci/index.html

    Deborah L. Birx, M.D.
    https://www.state.gov/biographies/deborah-l-birx-md/

    Trump Says He Didn’t Know How ‘Popular’ Coronavirus Task Force Is
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-coronavirus-task-force-popular_n_5eb31d4bc5b6fa11e5a1dbf5

    Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the President’s Coronavirus Task Force
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-press-secretary-regarding-presidents-coronavirus-task-force/

    Trump puts Pence in charge of US coronavirus response
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/26/politics/trump-coronavirus-stock-market/index.html

    From cupcakes to candles, you can now find Dr. Anthony Fauci’s face on everything
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/31/us/dr-fauci-cupcakes-doughnuts-socks-trnd/index.html

    Dr. Birx’s Scarves Are the Surprise Hit of Coronavirus Briefings
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/dr-birxs-scarves-are-the-surprise-hit-of-coronavirus-briefings-11587742093

    Of course you’ve noticed Deborah Birx’s style. That’s why it’s so reassuring.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2020/03/25/course-youve-noticed-deborah-birxs-style-thats-why-its-so-reassuring/

    NBC News/Wall Street Journal Survey
    https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6842659/200203-NBCWSJ-April-Poll-4-19-20-Release.pdf

    For Dr. Deborah Birx, Urging Calm Has Come With Heavy Criticism
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/27/us/politics/deborah-birx-coronavirus.html

    Trump retweets call to fire Fauci amid coronavirus criticism
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/13/politics/donald-trump-anthony-fauci-tweet/index.html

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