NIH official Anthony Fauci is one of the few federal employees willing to challenge Trump on coronavirus science. (Getty Images)

Buried as it was within the usual blather, bluster and bunkum of President Trump’s daily coronoavirus briefings, Trump’s attack over the weekend on the National Institutes of Health went largely unnoticed.

But it’s dangerous to ignore it.

Trump’s comment about the NIH, which is the government’s largest purveyor of basic scientific research, came about 44 minutes into his hour-and-10-minute appearance Saturday. It was nestled next to his attack on the World Health Organization, the federal funding for which he says he is blocking.

Homes are full of sons, daughters, parents and siblings alive today because of breakthroughs uncovered through NIH-funded research.

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Here’s what he

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