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Anderson Cooper slams Trump for targeting Fauci at ‘bread and circuses’ rally: ‘The strategy of a weak little man’

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On CNN Thursday, anchor Anderson Cooper tore into President Donald Trump for his attack on Dr. Anthony Fauci at a rally earlier in the day.

“To get, you know, a crowd to boo Tony Fauci is just — it’s such — it’s just the strategy of a weak little man,” said Cooper. “I mean, this is a guy — Tony Fauci is somebody who has dedicated his life, you know, he could have gotten a job at some pharmaceutical company and made a ton of money. He’s dedicated his life on HIV/AIDS, fighting viruses and saving people’s lives. And to have him booed by, you know, as if it’s some sort of, you know, bread and circuses enjoyment for the president and for the people in that rally, I don’t know, it’s just so small and cheap and pathetic.”

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WATCH: CNN’s Blitzer corners Trump’s chief of staff for trying to downplay COVID failures

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On CNN Thursday, anchor Wolf Blitzer confronted President Donald Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows about his failure to follow public health guidelines and demonstrate leadership in the COVID-19 pandemic.

"A study from Columbia University ... found that anywhere from 130,000 to 210,000 lives potentially could have been saved over these past eight, nine, ten months with a more robust federal response," said Blitzer. "Why did the president say just this week when he was asked what he would have done differently, he said not much?"

"Well, I can tell you that if your study says that they can save 210,000 lives, I haven't read it, but it would be very difficult to imagine that scenario ... I don't know that any scientist or any doctor would agree with that particular analysis," said Meadows. "What we have here is a clock that keeps talking about the number of cases that we have. It really doesn't talk about the advances that we need to make on the therapeutics, vaccines and treatment side of things."

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Veteran reporter Connie Chung recalls her Trump interview that left him stammering

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In a CNN interview Thursday, veteran reporter Connie Chung appeared to recall her experience trying to interview Donald Trump long before he even tried to run for public office.

Speaking to host Brianna Keilar, Chung recalled when she was at celebrity golf tournaments with her husband and Trump would say hello to him but pretend that she wasn't even there.

Trump went after Chung with his signature "she's a disaster" language in the 1990s after their interview for her show "Face to Face With Connie Chung," which ran on CBS before she began anchoring the CBS Evening News on Sunday.

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‘Worst case of public health malpractice ever’: Epidemiologist delivers brutal epitaph to Trump’s COVID response

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A top epidemiologist on Thursday delivered a brutal epitaph to President Donald Trump's handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 220,000 Americans in just eight months.

Appearing on CNN, University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Public Health dean Dr. Ali Khan pointed to new research from Columbia University claiming that over 100,000 Americans could still be alive today if the United States had enacted stronger measures to control the spread of the virus.

"We always had the tools to get this disease contained," he said. "And if we had used those public health tools -- and not just at the national level, but the national, state, and local level -- we would have had a marked decline in deaths, anywhere from maybe 10,000 to... 160,000 deaths. So, there's a whole lot of people who are dead in America. That was completely preventable."

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