Trump Blasts Fauci, Dismisses COVID-19 In Campaign Call

President Trump describes the nation's top infectious disease expert as a "disaster" and says people are "tired of hearing about COVID-19" in call with campaign staff. NBC's Alice Barr reports.

(NBC News) — President Trump continued a tour of swing states Monday with two events in Arizona, a state he won in 2016.

His events followed a call with campaign staff during which Mr. Trump lashed out at a member of his own team, calling Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “a disaster.”

His comments came after Dr. Fauci told “60 Minutes” he wasn’t surprised the president caught COVID-19 because he was exposing himself to mask-less crowds.

The president also claimed in that call that people are tired of hearing about COVID-19, even as much of the country is struggling with a new wave of cases and hospitalizations.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is off the campaign trail, preparing for Thursday’s presidential debate, and while most national polls have him leading, the Biden team is urging supporters “to campaign like we’re trailing” as election day nears.

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