US: Fauci breaks with Trump, discourages protests

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Top infectious disease expert warns protests will ‘backfire’ after Trump says he stands with demonstrators. “Clearly this is something that is hurting from the standpoint of economics, from the standpoint of things that have nothing to do with the virus, but unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery, economically, is not going to happen,” Fauci said on the Good Morning America television program. “If you jump the gun, and go into a situation where you have a big spike you’re going to set yourself back, so as painful as it is to go by the careful guidelines of gradually phasing into a reopening, it’s going to backfire,” he added. The warning follows weekend protests in cities across the country after Trump emboldened them on Friday, telling residents in states led by Democratic governors to “LIBERATE” those states…