Dr. Anthony Fauci told host Neil Cavuto on Fox News that he is stepping down from his position in 2024. It won’t matter to him who wins the presidential election that year. He previously only said he would step down if Trump was elected.
“Well, I’m not going to get involved in any politics about who is or is not going in the White House,” the doctor said. “Well, I’m not going to get involved in any politics about who is or is not going in the White House.”
Cavuto followed up asking if that meant he was “done.”
“No, I’m not done yet,” Fauci laughed. “But you’re talking about a few years from now. And I don’t foresee that I will be doing this a few years from now.”
“So, no matter who is president,” Cavuto asked again, “whether it’s Joe Biden getting reelected or someone else, Donald Trump or anyone else, you would not continue?”
“That’s exactly correct,” Fauci repeated. “I have been doing this now for 38 years. It will be over 40 years if I wait that long.”
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Fauci is the Chief Medical Advisor to the President and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Disease (NAID). He has come under fire for comflicting statements throughout the pandemic.
The doctor recently said it is “entirely conceivable” that you will need a yearly shot to combat coronavirus, during an interview on WPIX (CW) at the end of May.
Fauci was appointed the NIAID director in 1984 under Reagan. He has advised 7 presidents, but was heavily criticized under Trump’s administration.
Fauci previously said that he would not serve under Trump if he became President again in 2024, but has since expanded that statement per his interview with Cavuto.
“If Trump were to return to the White House as president, and COVID is still a threat or there is some other public health emergency, would you have confidence in his ability — would you have confidence in his ability to deal with a pandemic of this nature?” CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Fauci on May 16. “Would you want to stay on in your post?”
“Well, no to the second question,” Fauci retorted. “The first question, if you look at the history of what the [COVID-19] response was during the [Trump] administration, I think at best you could say it wasn’t optimal.”
Former President Trump has repeatedly bashed Fauci’s response to the pandemic and many of his supporters have been wary of the latter’s statements.
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