In an apparent attempt at some kind of grandly defiant political statement, Dr. Anthony Fauci declared on Sunday that he would leave his highly-paid federal government position if former President Donald Trump were to win another term in office in 2024, as Fox News reports.
Fauci’s comments came during a Sunday evening interview with CNN’s Jim Acosta, who asked him, first, whether he had faith in Trump’s ability to handle a future pandemic and, second, if he would continue to to serve in his current role if the former president eturned to the Oval Office.
According to the New York Post, Fauci was unequivocal in his response, saying, “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,” adding, “[a]nd I think just history will speak for itself about that.” WATCH:
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The tensions that developed between Fauci and Trump throughout 2020 were not a terribly well-kept secret, with speculation about the relationship running rampant during the most difficult days of the pandemic.
In October of that year, when Trump was in the midst of his re-election campaign, the then-commander in chief was reportedly quite candid about his perception of Fauci’s performance, saying, “People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots, these people. Every time he goes on TV, there’s a bomb, but there’s a bigger bomb if you fire him,” according to Fox News.
After President Joe Biden was inaugurated in January of 2021, Fauci took the opportunity to take thinly-veiled jabs at his time working under Trump, saying, “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.”
Suggesting that he was far more comfortable working for Biden, Fauci added, “The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what the evidence and the science is, and know that’s it – let the science speak – it is somewhat of a liberating feeling.”
Given how often and how drastically Fauci’s proclamations of “science” shifted over the course of the pandemic, it seems highly likely that there are millions of Americans who would be more than willing to see the end of the doctor’s government service, whether it is the result of a second Trump inauguration, or otherwise.