On Monday, a report detailed the future retirement plans of Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s top medical adviser and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
A new report from Politico featured an interview with Fauci, who shared what he sees in the coming months and years.
Fauci revealed that he intends to step down at the end of Joe Biden’s term.
Fauci pointed out that the country is “going to be living with” COVID for years to come. He told Politico that comments suggesting he’ll only leave office when COVID ceases to exist would be wrong.
“We’re in a pattern now. If somebody says, ‘You’ll leave when we don’t have Covid anymore,’ then I will be 105. I think we’re going to be living with this,” Fauci told Politico.
Fauci has previously hinted he would be stepping down from his position at NIAID. In April, he told CNN political correspondent Kasie Hunt that while he doesn’t want to leave until the U.S. is on a recovery track from COVID, that day may be drawing near.
“I think that’s coming soon,” he told Hunt.
NEWS @CNN: Dr. Fauci tells me he doesn't want to leave his post until things are on a steady track, but adds: "I think that's coming soon."
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) April 21, 2022
However, those comments left a lot of loose ends and subjective thoughts about the timing of his exit.
In Monday’s Politico report, Fauci acknowledged that he’s ready to be the focus of Republicans’ ire should they win the House and Senate after the midterms. But he told the outlet that it does not directly affect his retirement plans.
“They’re going to try and come after me, anyway. I mean, probably less so if I’m not in the job,” Fauci said. “I don’t make that a consideration in my career decision.”
Republicans have already vowed a series of investigations into the corruption of the Biden Administration should they retake control of Congress. Many of these promised investigations will be focused on COVID-19 and will include measures that Fauci first lauded, like school closures early on in the pandemic.
This is why they want Trump destroyed it was a plandemic to oust a President. The Republicans need to investigate Fauci! pic.twitter.com/yms6gVXjHn
— Michael Schafer (@Michael19201592) July 12, 2022
Fauci became the director of NIAID in 1984 under former President Ronald Reagan. He has been at the helm of multiple national health crises, including HIV/AIDS and COVID-19