Trump Advisor Fires Back at CNN Anchor While Defending Feud With Dr. Fauci

A top economic advisor for President Donald Trump is defending his argument that he is as capable of offering medical advice as Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Peter Navarro became embroiled in a fiery confrontation on CNN’s “News Day” Monday when he shared details about his reported heated argument with Fauci.

During the Situation Room dispute on Saturday, Navarro reportedly questioned Fauci’s medical expertise of the nation’s top infectious disease expert regarding hydroxychloroquine, an unproven drug to treat coronavirus.

He is now doubling down on his stance and support of the anti-malaria drug. Although Fauci has urged Trump and the CDC to proceed with caution in using the drug to combat the coronavirus outbreak, Navarro argues otherwise.

When CNN anchor John Berman asked if Fauci’s statements regarding the drug are wrong, Navarro immediately responded.

“So why is Dr. Anthony Fauci, the lead infectious disease doctor in the country, wrong about this, in your opinion?” Berman said.

“I would have two words for you: second opinion,” Navarro replied.

Berman quickly cut Navarro off to inquire about his qualifications and credibility.

“What are your qualifications to weigh in on medicines more than Dr. Anthony Fauci? Why should we listen to you and not Dr. Fauci?” Berman asked.

Navarro — who noted his background in social science — argued that his background is in economics and statistics. He also praised Dr. William Grace.

“My qualifications, in terms of looking at the science, is that I’m a social scientist,” Navarro said. “I have a Ph.D. And I understand how to read statistical studies, whether it’s in medicine, the law, economics or whatever.”

See Navarro’s interview below:

For Berman, Navarro’s qualifications do not align with Fauci’s medical and infectious disease experience. The discussion escalated when Berman argued that Navarro is not qualified to diagnose patients.

“I’m sorry, that doesn’t qualify you to treat patients,” Berman fired back. “You know it doesn’t qualify to you treat patients.”

However, Navarro did not back down. He noted Berman’s disapproval but asked if he would consider the drug if he were sick.

“I don’t know why you’re so hard about this,” Navarro said. “Would you take it if you got sick?”

Not deterred, Berman maintained his stance, saying, “I would listen to my doctor about whether or not I should take it.”

He added, “I would not listen to someone involved with trade policy.”

Despite the heated exchange, Navarro claimed coronavirus patients in New York are being treated with the drug. Although Fauci argues that the drug is still considered “unproven,” it is being used.

Navarro said, “All I’m asking for you to understand, John, is that right in your city, in the New York health and hospital system, virtually every patient getting presenting with COVID-19 symptoms is given hydroxy.”

Berman noted his conversation with Dr. Rob Gore — who is combatting the coronavirus in the United States’ epicenter New York. While Berman admitted that Gore did confirm the drug is being used to treat patients, he noted that they are unsure the medication actually works.

Hydroxychloroquine has not been proven to treat the coronavirus.


  1. I am confused.

    What is behind King Donald The Loser’s continued obsession with hydroxychloroquine? The longer this goes on, the more suspicious it becomes.

    This is one of those cases in which we (including IJR) must follow the money. Novartis gave $1 million to Dear Leader’s lawyer, so we need this thoroughly investigated. What did that million buy?

    1. I suspect his obsession with the drug is that it has been shown to work in numerous small tests, and the results from NY have shown it to be effective as well. Governor Cuomo has even said that in a press conference he gave yesterday. The people who claim it is “unproven” are the liberal media. “Unproven” doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. It means that it hasn’t been shown by extensive testing, which is very time consuming, to have been proven it works. That is what Dr. Fauci has explained several times, but the media always leaves that part out of it’s reporting. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that it does work, but again, the people who hate Trump would rather see thousands of people die rather than see them receive a treatment that probably works, but hasn’t been properly tested. It is obvious, by the words you used in your comment, that you are one of those people and I personally find people like you despicable and the lowest of the low. I personally find that any treatment that has shown results should be considered even if it hasn’t been completely tested. Maybe that’s because, in my time on Earth, I have seen results from off label use of medication. You have obviously been blinded by hatred. BTW, I am not a Republican nor a fan of Trump’s lies or tweets. I do respect the positive results he has delivered though.

      1. Robert is confused.

        I will take Fauci’s medical and infectious disease experience over a celebrity “doctor” Oz and Didier Raoult, a known climate change denier and who questions evolution. Neither one of them are credible, Fauci is.

    2. There you go just like the good little communist you are. You spread lies and fake news just like your communist party wants you to do. You will do anything and tell any lie you can to try to discredit President Trump. It shows everyone just how small and irrelevant you really are in this world. Go back under your rock confuction.

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