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  • July 15, 2020

Scavino wrote a caption to accompany the cartoon, which was drawn by Ben Garrison, a right-wing cartoonist who was barred from a White House event last year over a cartoon that was widely condemned as anti-Semitic.

“At least you know if I’m going to disagree with a colleague, such as yourself, it’s done publicly — and not cowardly, behind journalists with leaks,” Scavino wrote. “See you tomorrow!”

The White House had no comment on Scavino’s post, but it added to the pile of statements advisers have put out — both on the record and in private — disparaging Fauci’s relationship with Trump and his track record of statements on the virus.

While the president has denied he dislikes Fauci — at least personally — it helps to understand just how close Scavino is to the president, how closely they are aligned, and just how much Trump enjoys it when aides spar on his behalf: It allows him to appear to take the high road, at least temporarily.

In an interview with CBS News on Tuesday, Trump did not answer a question about Scavino’s post.

“No, I like Dr. Fauci,” Trump said. “To me, he’s a really good guy and a nice guy, but he’s made mistakes.”

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