Fauci Says He Would Quit If Donald Trump Becomes President Again
© AP Photo / Jim Lo ScalzoIn this May 11, 2021, file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington
© AP Photo / Jim Lo Scalzo
In 2020, Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was appointed the chief medical advisor amid the coronavirus pandemic, often clashing with former President Donald Trump over the government's response to COVID-19.
When asked by a CNN host on Monday whether he would remain in his post if Donald Trump wins the next presidential election, Anthony Fauci said that he would rather step down, as the experience of the COVID-19 response under the previous administration “wasn’t optimal.”
“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?” asked CNN host Jim Acosta. “Would you want to stay on in your post?”
“Well, no to the second question,” Fauci said. “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.”
He added that “history will speak for itself about that.”
Later Fauci, who has received support from the current president Joe Biden, was accused of funding bat coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is considered by a small minority of experts to be the source of a virus leak that caused the pandemic.
Despite Fauci's attempts to distance himself from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was previously listed as a partner on his Wuhan Institute of Virology website before being removed in early 2021.