据CBS报道，当地时间19日，福克斯新闻公布了美国总统特朗普与竞选团队成员通话的一段电话录音。录音中特朗普将美国顶级传染病专家安东尼·福奇博士（Dr. Anthony Fauci）等警告大家新冠病毒危险的人士称为“白痴”，还炮轰福奇就是个“灾难”。
In a call with Trump campaign staff Monday, US President Trump tore into the nation's leading infectious diseases expert and coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying people have become tired of "Fauci and all these idiots" warning about the risks of COVID-19.
In an interview with Southern California AM radio station KNX1070, Fauci was asked to respond to Trump reportedly calling him "a disaster" during a campaign call earlier in the day.
“I would prefer not to comment on that and just get on with what we are really trying to do and what we are trying to do is to protect the health and welfare and safety of the American people predominantly, and ultimately, of the world," he said. "We are seeing an uptick in cases — higher than they’ve ever been. Many, many states that had been doing reasonably well are now showing upticks, that’s what we should be concentrating on."
“[Addressing the virus is] the only thing I really care about. That other stuff, it’s like in 'The Godfather': Nothing personal, strictly business as far as I’m concerned. I just want to do my job and take care of the people of this country,” Fauci said.
注：这句台词出自《教父》中阿尔·帕西诺饰演的小教父麦克·柯里昂（Michael Corleone），原话是："It's not personal. It’s strictly business." （这不是私人恩怨，这纯粹是生意。）
“That's sad. The very fact that a public health message to save lives triggers such venom and animosity to me that it results in real and credible threats to my life and my safety. But it bothers me less than the hassling of my wife and my children.”
福奇无可奈何感叹道：“我想说，饶了我吧！（Give me a break.）”
During his “60 Minutes” interview, Fauci said he was not surprised that Trump had gotten ill, because of the lack of sufficient precautions against the virus at a White House gathering on Sept. 26.
Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” on Sunday that "the next six to 12 weeks are going to be the darkest of the entire pandemic.”
Vaccines won’t be available “in any meaningful way” until the third quarter of next year, he said – and even when they are, half the US population is skeptical of even taking one.
Trump ridiculed Fauci as a "disaster" and an "idiot" who has been around for "500 years" — trashing one of the nation's best hopes of easing the pandemic along with his recommendations to quell an alarming Covid-19 surge.
Trump's conduct is typical of an approach to the disease that has rejected science when it doesn't provide answers that are politically palpable and has threatened to cause the sickness and death of tens of thousands of more Americans.