The expected “Trump versus Fauci” battle finally broke last week. The battle between science and politics is playing out for all to see.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, in testimony before the U.S. Senate, warned that the country was trying to reopen too soon from the Covid-19 pandemic. President Donald Trump wants the country to reopen for business and wants schools to reopen in August for a new school year.

“He wants to play all sides of the equation,” the president said of Fauci, who is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

During his testimony, which was delivered from his home since he is under self-quarantine, Fauci said, “I think we better be careful, if we are not cavalier, in thinking that children are completely immune to the deleterious effects. You’re right in the numbers that children in general do much, much better than adults and the elderly and particularly those with underlying conditions. But I am very careful, and hopefully humble in knowing that I don’t know everything about this disease. And that’s why I’m very reserved in making broad predictions.”

Fauci has served under six presidents, but this time it’s different. As the New York Times wrote, “Fauci has become the target of many attacks from Trump and his followers. Dr. Fauci has increasingly become a target of critics who see him as undermining the president’s efforts to open up the country and restore the economy and as exaggerating the effects of the pandemic.”

Fauci last Wednesday said reopening the country too soon would lead to unnecessary suffering and death.

Trump said, “I was surprised by his answer, actually. It’s just – to me it’s not an acceptable answer, especially when it comes to schools.”

Fauci has said that reopening sports arenas, businesses and schools should not be done too early. Remember, this is the man who has expertly fought diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Zika and anthrax. He believes that only the Covid-19 will determine when its run is over, or at least more under control than today.

Health officials are studying “more than 100 cases of a rare and dangerous inflammatory syndrome that afflicts children and appears to be connected to the virus,” the paper wrote.

The coronavirus as of Tuesday had left more than 90,000 Americans dead and 1.5 million infected. As more tests are given, the number of positive cases will rise. Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 4.8 million people, leading to more than 319,000 deaths.

The real problem can be seen in other countries, where health officials thought they had the virus under control. South Korea, China, Saudi Arabia all loosened restrictions during the pandemic, and all have seen a resurgence of cases. That’s the kind of thing Fauci is warning against.

As great as it’s been to reopen some businesses, state parks and other spots, what’s going to happen if the positive test results begin to climb more than they were before the loosening of restrictions?

The country of Lebanon last week reimposed restrictions after a new surge of the virus. Nobody wants to see recently reopened businesses in this country shut down again, but it’s entirely possible.

It’s easy to understand why Trump wants the country to reopen. Before the pandemic swept across the U.S., this nation had some of the best economic numbers in history. Now the economy has gone into the tank, with some of the highest unemployment rates since the Great Depression. The General Election in November could be affected by the virus, especially how the country believes Trump confronted the pandemic earlier this year.

If the country is still in the depths of being shut down, and if schools once again decide to halt on-site instruction, Trump could be in serious trouble in November.

Attacking the leading disease specialist, who served on Trump’s own coronavirus task force, makes no sense, except to play to his voting base. It certainly appears to do nothing toward the good of this country.