Photo of Fauci with face mask down at MLB game

Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, fired back at those who criticized him for pulling his face mask down while seated next to his wife and a friend at Tuesday’s season-opening Major League Baseball game. He called the critiques “mischievous,” and said he pulled the mask down because he was drinking water.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game, then sat in the nearly empty stands to watch the Washington Nationals host the New York Yankees.

An image taken by The Associated Press showed Fauci seated directly between his wife and another man with no spacing between them. Fauci had his phone in his hand. A bottle of water could be seen between his legs. He was looking at the other man and smiling.

Photo of Fauci with face mask down draws jeers. He fires back. | wusa9.com

Photo of Fauci with face mask down draws jeers. He fires back. | wusa9.com

Photo of Fauci with face mask down at MLB game
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