Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign has slammed the Trump administration for the “disgusting attempt” to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top infectious disease expert and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. 

In a statement on Monday, July 13, campaign spokesman Andrew Bates claimed that the virus infections in the United States have skyrocketed, surpassing every other country, “specifically because of [President Donald] Trump’s refusal to listen to science.”

“The president’s disgusting attempt to pass the buck by blaming the top infectious disease expert in the country–whose advice he repeatedly ignored and Joe Biden consistently implored him to take–is yet another horrible and revealing failure of leadership as the tragic death toll continues to needlessly grow,” Bates said.

According to ABC News, the campaign for the former vice president issued a rebuke of the Trump administration after an unnamed White House official provided a document to several media outlets that contains a list of Fauci’s comments, which the administration views as the doctor contradicting himself.

The document says, “Several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things.”

In his statement, the Biden campaign spokesman argued that more than 135,000 Americans have lost their lives and tens of millions have lost their jobs because “[President] Donald Trump spent the last six months disastrously mismanaging the worst public health crisis in a century, the whole time failing to heed the warnings and guidance of medical experts–particularly Dr. Fauci.”

However, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday denied that the White House released “opposition research” on Dr. Fauci’s handling of the coronavirus and said that the doctor and the president “have always had a very good working relationship.”

President Trump on Monday afternoon also said that though he does not always agree with Dr. Fauci, the two still have a good relationship.

“I have a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci. I’ve had for a long time, right from the beginning. I find him to be a very nice person. I don’t always agree with him. So we’ve made a lot of good decisions, but no, I get along with him very well. I like him personally,” the president told reporters.