According to a report from the Daily Beast, Donald Trump has been busy in Mar-a-Lago watching clips of Dr. Anthony Fauci talk about the failings of the Trump-era White House task force that worked on the coronavirus pandemic, with the ex-president frustrated he can't fire back.
Since Trump was relieved of the power -- and the bully pulpit -- of the presidency last week as President Joe Biden moved into the Oval Office, Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx have been regulars on television talking about the roadblocks they faced as they led the battle against COVID-19.
The Beast reports that the president has been "griping" about Fauci and claiming he should have fired the doctor when he had the chance.
"As Biden's predecessor watched on—albeit from hundreds of miles away from where he last week sat at the height of executive power—he reacted in a fit of grievance, self-obsession, and TV hate-watching that largely defined his presidency and now-defunct policy-making operations," The Beast's Asawin Suebsaeng wrote before adding, "Fauci's re-emergence on prime-time television during the Biden era infuriated the exiled Trump, who began whining about how "incompetent" the doctor was, and how he probably should have fired Fauci when he had the chance."
Equally infuriating to the ex-president is the fact that he is still banned from Twitter, leaving him with no platform he is comfortable with to launch a counter-attack at those he believes are trashing his "legacy."
"He's lost his primary emotional release valve, thanks to his post-Capitol riot banning from Twitter, just as his enemies—real and perceived—keep dancing atop his administration's freshly dug grave," the report states. "And it's not just Fauci. Trump has also griped this weekend about not being able to tweet about the Biden team telling journalists that Trump and ex-officials had left them with a gigantic COVID mess to mop up, according to a person with direct knowledge of his recent ramblings."