Foussi, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, added that his contacts with the president have become less frequent.
Their last conversation took place on May 18, when Trump invited Fawcett to provide medical treatment during telecommunications with the country’s governors. The task force last met on May 28 and last held a May 22 White House press briefing.
The news that the pair did not communicate within two weeks came at a critical time in the U.S. coronavirus response when all 50 states relaxed social distance systems and even the number of virus deaths continued to rise. As of Monday, at least 1,799 million Americans had been infected with the virus and at least 104,300 had died, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Throughout the epidemic, Fawcett was a rare source of candid honesty from within the White House Coronavirus Task Force, sometimes taking a firm stand with an overly optimistic president.
“I want to protect myself and protect others and also because I want to see it as a symbol that people should do the kind of work you do,” Fawcett said in an interview with CNN’s “Newsroom”.
But his willingness to refute Trump has drawn incessant criticism from the president’s allies in the conservative media and raised questions about the pair’s effective relationship.
In April, a conservative commentator called for the dismissal of Fawcett, saying in a CNN interview that more could be done to spread the coronavirus. Trump retweeted it but later dropped the idea that he could fire Foucault.
“I’m walking in today, I hear I’m going to fire him. I’m not shooting him. I think he’s a great man,” the president told reporters during a daily briefing at the White House at the time.
Trump said his retweet was not an issue, and the tweet was “someone’s opinion.” The president said he noticed before retweeting the hashtag “Fire Faucy”.
“It was one person’s opinion. Not everyone in Anthony is happy. Not everyone is happy with everyone,” he said. “But I’ll tell you, we’ve done things we’ve never done before.”
This story has been updated with additional background information.
Megan Wazkaz of CNN contributed to this report.