President Donald Trump has the world's top doctors and medical experts at his disposal, but this week, he turned to former MLB star Alex Rodriguez for advice on a response to the coronavirus pandemic, a person with knowledge of the phone call told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday.
The individual requested anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the issue. ABC News was first to report on the call.
The conversation was "pleasant," according to ABC, which stated Rodriguez has no official plans to take a role in the government's effort to slow the spread of the disease. The number of cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. surpassed 100,000 as of Saturday morning,
On Saturday morning, Trump denied ABC's report, tweeting, “More Fake News!”
Less than seven years ago, before Trump's political career began and while Rodriguez was still an active player with the New York Yankees, Trump took to Twitter and repeatedly called Rodriguez a "druggie."
Rodriguez served a one-year suspension in 2014 for his involvement in the biogenesis scandal. He is currently a studio analyst for Fox Sports MLB and is the color commentator on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball."
During this period of social distancing, Rodriguez and his fianceé, Jennifer Lopez, have posted on social media from their Miami home.