And his critics were quick to point out why.
“He’s got this high approval rating, so why don’t I have a high approval rating with respect ― and the administration ― with respect to the virus?” Trump said at a news conference. “We should have it very high.”
Fauci is one of the nation’s leading infectious diseases experts and has been giving people the latest science-based information on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Trump this week shared a video about the virus from a doctor who says she is also “exposing incubus and succubus.” The video was removed from social media for containing false information and supporting unproven treatments for COVID-19.
But Trump on Tuesday seemed puzzled as to why he’s not as well-regarded as Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, another member of the White House coronavirus task force.
“They’re highly thought of,” he said. “But nobody likes me. It can only be my personality, that’s all.”
Trump’s complaint caused #NobodyLikesMe to trend on Twitter:
Trump finally told the truth!
“Nobody likes me.”
— Donald Trump
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 29, 2020
"...but nobody likes me." 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️
— Don Cheadle (@DonCheadle) July 29, 2020
"He's got this high approval rating...Why don't I have a high approval rating?...Nobody likes me. It could only be my personality. I don't know."pic.twitter.com/tvv5hPWAYm
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) July 28, 2020
Trump says Fauci's poll numbers are high but "nobody likes me."
This is what he thinks about, with 150,000 Americans dead due to the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/HUI5dXxX6z
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) July 28, 2020