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Peter Navarro, a former trade adviser to President Trump, on Wednesday called Dr. Anthony Fauci as an “evil” he played in gain-of-function research prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Navarro commented on Wednesday Interview On the Seattle-based Jason Rantz Show.

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The former White House trade adviser was discussing his new book, “In Trump Time,” which chronicles the Trump administration’s final year in office as it battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Navarro dismissed the idea that the Trump administration was not proactive enough in the early days of the pandemic.

Rantz argued that the liberal media did not shy away from criticizing Trump’s response to the pandemic, yet Dr. Anthony Fauci as a “God-like” person despite his being flip-flops on the issues.

Fauci, who serves as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, became a household name during the pandemic.

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Navarro described how he and Fauci became involved in a “shouting match” within the first three minutes of meeting each other in the status room over the former’s reluctance to impose the travel ban.

“I came out of there thinking, ‘Wow, that guy thinks he’s smarter than him,’ and two, more importantly, ‘that guy is going to hurt us and the president,'” Navarro said.

Rantz asked Navarro if he thinks Trump made a mistake in not sacking Fauci and allowing him to receive media attention.

Navarro said he advised Trump to sack Fauci on at least two occasions, but did not blame the president for not taking his advice.

“But it was a mistake for the Republic because that man is evil. Make no mistake about it. He is evil because he was in the American bureaucracy that used taxpayer dollars”, Navarro said. He was referring to research that seeks to find new ways to fight disease by making pathogens more contagious and deadly.

Dr. Fauci did not respond to Granthshala News’ request for comment.