- NEW YORK POST - Yaron Steinbuch - MAY 16, 2022 -
Dr. Anthony Fauci did not hesitate Sunday when asked whether he’d remain as the White House chief medical adviser if former President Donald Trump wins the 2024 election.
“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 of the White House chief medical adviser. “Would you want to stay on in your post?”
“Well, no to the second question,” Fauci, 81, replied with a laugh. “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,” he added.
Trump is widely expected to launch a third consecutive bid for the presidency later this year. In addition to his White House post, Fauci has headed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.
The relationship between Fauci and the 45th president was a constant source of speculation among the mainstream media from early in the pandemic, when the White House task force’s daily press briefings were considered must-see TV.
By the time the 2020 presidential election rolled around, Trump was openly musing about dismissing Fauci if the voters rewarded Trump with a second term.
Since President Biden took office, Fauci has defended the new administration’s statements about the pandemic, including Vice President Kamala Harris’ claim that the White House had to “start from scratch” on vaccine distribution.
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