According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, he plans to retire at the end of President Joe Biden’s term. He spoke in an interview with Politico Monday.
“They’re going to try and come after me, anyway. I mean, probably less so if I’m not in the job,” Fauci told the outlet. “I don’t make that a consideration in my career decision.”
For over 50 years, the doctor has been a federal employee. He has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and is currently Chief Medical Advisor to President.
The doctor was criticized and praised for his efforts in the COVID-19 pandemic response effort under the Trump administration. Fauci’s role in White House press conferences during the Trump era earned him notoriety. This also led to a contentious relationship between himself and the former president.
Fauci stated in a Politico interview that “We had an interesting relationship.”
“Two New Yorkers, differing in their ideologies and opinions, but two men who grew up together in this city. In that respect, I believe we are related.”
This dynamic made Fauci popular with many on the left political spectrum, even though many conservatives were skeptical about him and the NIAID. Fauci was known to scuffle with Republican legislators like Sen. Rand Paul (R.KY) during congressional hearings.
He was also asked about the conditions for things returning to normal.
“What is too low?” “Give me a number,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R.OH) asked Fauci last April about when certain guidelines might be relaxed, according to ABC News.
Fauci responded, “That would mean that the number per day of infections is well below 10,000 per hour.”
“At that point and up until that point there would be a gradual lifting back of some restrictions you’re referring to.”
Fauci will undoubtedly go down as a controversial figure who Americans will always remember as the face of the COVID-19 pandemic efforts.