Fauci says he will no longer serve under Trump

White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said Sunday that if former President Trump wins the presidency again in 2024, Fauci will not return to serve Trump in the White House.

Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser, gave CNN’s Jim Acosta a clear “no” when asked if he would work with the 45th president again.

“If you look at the response history during the administration, I think, you know, at best you can tell it wasn’t optimal,” Fauci said. “History will speak for itself on this.”

Trump has strongly suggested his intention to run in 2024 but has not officially announced a presidential candidacy.

Fauci, who also heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, publicly crossed paths with Trump on various health policies and misinformation during the early months of the pandemic.

Early on, Fauci pushed for masks and social distancing, frequently warning of the perils of the pandemic, while Trump downplayed the severity of the new coronavirus. As the pandemic progressed, Fauci earned the scorn of conservatives who wanted to end public health measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Fauci has remained a top pandemic adviser under the Biden administration, saying in January 2021 that it was “freeing” to work with the new president.

“I can tell you that I take no pleasure in being in a position to contradict the president, so it was really something that you didn’t think you could say anything about and there would be no repercussions on that,” said he declared. then said.

“The idea that you can stand up here and talk about what you know, what the evidence is and the science, and know that’s it – let the science do the talking – it’s sort of a liberating feeling,” Fauci added.

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