Christine Grady, wife of the country’s leading infectious diseases expert, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciWebb: Pretzel logic More than 40 Texas hospitals face ICU bed shortages FDA mulling to allow 'mix and match' COVID-19 vaccine booster shots: report MORE, spoke out this week about the criticism her husband has faced as he has in recent days drawn scrutiny from Trump administration officials over his public health recommendations.
In an interview with InStyle published on Wednesday, Grady — the head of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center — discussed her husband’s commitment to public health and said when “he gets criticized, it feels unfair to me because he is working so hard for the right reasons.”
Pressed further by CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell about her comments, Grady said she it feels unfair to her that “people are looking for things to criticize — I mean, for anything.”
“They are making things up. They are not putting into perspective the contribution that he is making,” she continued.
Grady’s remarks come as the White House has worked to put daylight between its office and an opinion piece written by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Tuesday that criticized Fauci, saying he was “wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.”
In the op-ed, Navarro took aim at Fauci’s credibility and pointed to past comments the health expert made about hydroxychloroquine and travel restrictions to China, though USA Today, which published the op-ed, later said in an update to the file that a number of Navarro’s criticisms “were misleading or lacked context.”
Alyssa Farah, the White House director of strategic communications, said in a statement on Wednesday that “the Peter Navarro op-ed didn’t go through normal White House clearance processes and is the opinion of Peter alone.”
“[President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE] values the expertise of the medical professionals advising his Administration,” she added.
Trump also knocked Navarro, who is just one of a number of Trump administration officials to come after Fauci in recent weeks for his public health advice, over the op-ed later on Wednesday, saying, “He made a statement representing himself.”
“He shouldn't be doing that. No, I have a very good relationship with Anthony,” he continued.
During her interview with InStyle, O’Donnell pressed Grady about how she and Fauci deal with “criticism in the face of some very powerful people.”
In response, Grady said, “I think you stay focused on what your job is.”
“As Tony said before, as long as his perspective is still valued and he’s making a difference, a contribution, then great," she said. "If that changes, then he’ll have to change."