President Trump defended his performance at his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in a series of Wednesday morning tweets, one of which called those who criticize him victims of the "Trump Derangement Syndrome."

"Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia. They would rather go to war than see this. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome!"

The backdrop: Trump's refusal to unequivocally acknowledge the American intelligence community's conclusion on Russian election meddling drew sharp criticism from the right and the left on Monday. He partially walked back his Helsinki comments Tuesday.

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During a campaign call on Monday, President Trump slammed infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, calling him a "disaster" and claiming that "people are tired of COVID," according to multiple reporters who listened to the call.

Why it matters: Fauci, who considers himself apolitical, is one of the most trusted voices in the country on the coronavirus. Trump's escalating attacks on the government's top infectious-disease expert come as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are again surging across the country, just two weeks out from Election Day.