On Friday, the White House’s top medical doctor Anthony Fauci said that he “can’t stay at this job forever,” teasing a possible forthcoming retirement.
Fauci, who is 81, made his remarks during an interview on ABC’s “Get started” podcast with host Brad Mielke.
“I can’t stay at this job forever,” admitted Dr. Fauci. “Unless my staff finds me slumped on my desk,” he said. https://t.co/WDbFWZIP1N
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Fauci ‘I can’t stay at this job forever’
Fauci said of his role during the COVID-19 pandemic, “I have said that I would stay in what I’m doing until we get out of the pandemic phase, and I think we might be there already, if we can stay in this.”
He might have made comments that don’t match his Sunday comments, which suggests COVID restrictions could need to be reintroduced.
However, he teased that perhaps he would be retiring very soon.
“I can’t stay at this job forever,” Fauci said. “Unless my staff is going to find me slumped over my desk one day. I’d rather not do that.”
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“I, unfortunately, am somewhat of a unidimensional physician-scientist-public health person. When I do decide I’m going to step down — whenever that is — I’m going to have to figure out what I’m going to do,” Fauci continued. “I’d love to spend more time with my wife and family, that would be nice.”
Since 1968, Fauci has worked at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Fauci was appointed director of the NIAID by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
Former President Donald Trump oversaw Fauci’s January 2020 membership in the White House Coronavirus Taskforce.
Fauci has famously clashed with Republican Senator Rand Paul, who has consistently been one of the doctor’s harshest critics, particularly with Paul claiming Fauci has lied about U.S. funded “gain-of-function” research conducted in a Chinese lab.
Last week, Sen. Paul A proposal for an amendment that would eliminate Fauci’s position of director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Fauci, who earns well above $400,000 per year, is federal’s highest-paid employee.
One person shouldn’t be able to unilaterally make decisions about millions of Americans. https://t.co/I3g6pbm6nW
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 14, 2022
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Sen. Paul on Fauci: ‘No one person should be deemed ‘dictator-in-chief’
“We’ve learned a lot over the past two years, but one lesson in particular is that no one person should be deemed ‘dictator-in-chief,” PaulStatement. “No one person should have unilateral authority to make decisions for millions of Americans.”
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions rejected Sen. Paul’s measure.