On Monday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), announced his plan to retire at the end of Biden’s term.
Fauci became the director of NIAID way back in 1984 under former President Ronald Reagan. He has held leadership positions in multiple national health crises, including his disputed handling of HIV/AIDS and COVID-19.
The controversial original COVID frontman during the 15 days to stop the spread, has flip-flopped considerably since then and says he intends to step down at the end of Joe Biden’s term.
Fauci acknowledged in an interview with Politico that the coronavirus would outlast his professional career in medicine.
And as usual, he once again complained that Americans were no longer listening to his recommendations on masking or vaccines.
“It’s becoming more and more difficult to get people to listen, because even the people who are compliant want this behind them,” Fauci said, pleading for Americans to continue wearing masks in certain situations and getting regular booster shots of the coronavirus vaccine.
Fauci pointed out that the country is “going to be living with” COVID for years to come. He told Politico that comments suggesting he’ll only leave office when COVID ceases to exist would be wrong.
“We’re in a pattern now. If somebody says, ‘You’ll leave when we don’t have Covid anymore,’ then I will be 105. I think we’re going to be living with this,” Fauci told Politico.
Fauci has previously hinted he would be stepping down from his position at NIAID. In April, he told CNN political correspondent Kasie Hunt that while he doesn’t want to leave until the U.S. is on a recovery track from COVID, that day may be drawing near.
“I think that’s coming soon,” he told Hunt.
NEWS @CNN: Dr. Fauci tells me he doesn't want to leave his post until things are on a steady track, but adds: "I think that's coming soon."
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) April 21, 2022
In a typical Fauci style, his comments included ambiguity, leaving several loose ends and subjective thoughts about the timing of his exit.
In Monday’s Politico report, Fauci acknowledged that he’s ready to be the focus of Republicans’ expected investigations, should they win the House and Senate after the midterms. But he told the outlet that he will not let them affect his retirement plans.
“They’re going to try and come after me, anyway. I mean, probably less so if I’m not in the job,” Fauci said. “I don’t make that a consideration in my career decision.”
Republicans will Investigate Fauci If they Retake House in 2022 https://t.co/G0vBj24Jv6
— James Baker ?? (@JamesBakerUSA) July 13, 2022
Republicans have already promised their constituents that they would hold a series of investigations into the corruption of the Biden Administration should they retake control of Congress.
Many of them also promised investigations into Fauci’s possible involvement in the funding of the ‘Gain of Function’ research, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. They also promise to press him on the measures that Fauci first pushed, like school closures early on in the pandemic.
This is why they want Trump destroyed it was a plandemic to oust a President. The Republicans need to investigate Fauci! pic.twitter.com/yms6gVXjHn
— Michael Schafer (@Michael19201592) July 12, 2022
In addition, they will look into Fauci’s instance on vaccinations, including his support for mandatory jabs, another flip flop from him previously saying the shots should only take voluntarily.
All I can say, Good By Fauci, hello investigations.
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