Fauci doesn’t even need to think about it…he’s made up his mind. When the White House chief medical adviser was asked if he would remain at the White House if former President Donald Trump gets elected again in 2024, he did not mince any words in his decision.
Jim Acosta from CNN asked Dr. Fauci these questions, “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? Would you want to stay on in your post?”
Dr. Fauci who is 81-years-old said with a laugh, “Well, no to the second question. 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. And I think just history will speak for itself about that.”
The former First Lady, Melania Trump, recently gave strong hints that her husband is planning another bid for the Oval Office. Former President Trump is widely expected to begin his campaign to resume the presidency later this year. If elected, there would be tension with Dr. Fauci.
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Fauci has been the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. The relationship that Fauci had with Trump was rocky from the very beginning of the pandemic. The mainstream press magnified that tension continually.
As the 2020 election was getting close, Trump was publicly talking about the option of Dr. Fauci being dismissed if the voters gave him a second term. The relationship that Fauci has had with President Biden is different. The doctor is defending the White House administration’s statements concerning the pandemic. He even defended Vice President Kamala Harris’ shocking declaration that the White House had to “start from scratch” when Biden took office.
In January of 2021, just after Biden was inaugurated, Dr. Fauci spoke to reporters about how he felt serving the former president and now serving under the Biden administration. He said, “I can tell you I take no pleasure at all in being in a situation of contradicting the president, so it was really something that you didn’t feel you could actually say something and there wouldn’t be any repercussions about it. The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what the evidence and science is, and know that’s it — let the science speak — it is somewhat of a liberating feeling.”
Dr. Fauci also talked about how he felt when Trump tweeted a message in April of 2020 saying that states should be “liberated” from lockdowns. He said that hit him like a punch to the chest.
Former President Trump downplayed the tension with Dr. Fauci during his four years in the Oval Office. He said in a May 2021 interview that he always got along with Fauci “pretty well.” And then he said that he usually did just the opposite of what the doctor wanted.
Just last month, Fauci said that he did not have any plans right now to retire from government service. He wants to stay active until the United States is “really out” of the COVID-19 pandemic. He did concede that the country may already be there. In a follow-up interview with ABC’s “This Week,” Fauci was asked if the country was nearing the end of the pandemic and if that meant he would get “some rest.” The doctor answered by saying that he was not sure and that he would stay in his post and make sure that we continue to move in the right direction.
That is, of course, unless Trump comes back.