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Fauci responds to Trump tweet: 'I have not been misleading the American public under any circumstances'

Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: FDA says millions of J&J doses from troubled plant must be thrown out | WHO warns Africa falling far behind in vaccinations | Top CDC official says US not ready for next pandemic Top CDC official warns US not ready for next pandemic WHO official: Delta variant 'poised to take hold' in Europe MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said early Tuesday that he had not misled Americans “under any circumstances” after President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE suggested that he had.

Asked on ABC’s “Good Morning America” about Trump retweeting a post claiming Fauci has “misled the American public on many issues,” Fauci responded: “'I have not been misleading the American public under any circumstances.”

Trump has also called Fauci “a little bit of an alarmist,” but both men have said their relationship remains “very good.”

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“I don't tweet. I don't even read them, so I don't really want to go there,” Fauci said Tuesday. “I just will continue to do my job no matter what comes out, because I think it's very important.”

“I’m just going to certainly continue doing my job. We’re in the middle of a crisis with regard to an epidemic, a pandemic, this is what I do, this is what I’ve been trained for my entire professional life, and I’ll continue to do it,” he added.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro earlier this month authored a USA Today op-ed attacking Fauci and his record. The White House said Navarro did so without authorization, with the president telling Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceLewandowski says Trump has not spoken to him about being reinstated Divisions remain on infrastructure as clock ticks on bipartisan deal Sunday shows - Infrastructure dominates MORE the top aide “shouldn’t be doing that.”

Navarro on Monday told Fox News’s Brian Kilmeade he had no regrets about publishing the op-ed, saying “the only thing I regret is Dr. Fauci’s pitch the other day at Opening Day. I felt bad for him.”