Fauci says ‘no’ to serving under Donald Trump if he wins a second term

“Well, no,” Fauci said with a laugh when asked by CNN’s Jim Acosta on Sunday if he would stay on if the former Republican president returned to the White House. Trump has teased a 2024 bid, although he hasn’t officially launched a second presidential campaign.

Acosta also asked Fauci if he would have confidence in Trump’s ability to respond to Covid-19, if it is still a threat or some other public health emergency.

“If you look at the history of the response during the administration, I think, you know, at best you could say it wasn’t optimal,” Fauci said. “And I think history will speak for itself on that.”

Fauci, who is also director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was a key member of Trump’s White House coronavirus task force when the virus took hold in the United States in 2020. He served under seven different US presidents.
Fauci was often at odds with the Trump administration over its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, about which the then-president promoted false claims and often downplayed the deadly virus that infected millions of people. ‘Americans. Fauci also gave medical advice, such as mask-wearing, that Trump and some members of his administration have often ignored.

Trump attacked Fauci publicly, at one point suggesting he was considering firing him, and by the end of his presidency Fauci was largely sidelined.

Fauci admitted last year that he was “uncomfortable” when drugs such as hydroxychloroquine were promoted as treatments for Covid-19 when they weren’t evidence-based, and he didn’t take ” no pleasure in being in a situation to contradict the president”. .”

He called it a “liberating feeling” of being able to “talk about what you know, the evidence, the science”, without fear of repercussions.

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