Biden: ‘I’m Very Confident in Dr. Fauci’
Biden's statement comes amid email backlash
Democrat Joe Biden declared his continued support for embattled Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is facing calls for his resignation amid the fallout of his recently unearthed emails.
Biden responded to media questions regarding Fauci after delivering a speech about the disappointing jobs report for May.
“Yes, I am very confident in Dr. Fauci,” Biden said.
Fauci is now under fire after thousands of his emails were released this week under the Freedom of Information Act.
Sen. Josh Hawley joined calls for Fauci's resignation from Republicans.
“The time has come for Fauci to resign and for a full congressional investigation into the origins of COVID-19 – and into any and all efforts to prevent a full accounting,” he wrote on social media.
Anthony Fauci’s recently released emails and investigative reporting about #COVID19 origins are shocking. The time has come for Fauci to resign and for a full congressional investigation into the origins of #COVID19 - and into any and all efforts to prevent a full accounting— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) June 4, 2021
On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended Fauci, calling him an "undeniable asset in our country's pandemic response."
NOW - Psaki: Biden admin "feel that Dr. Fauci has played an incredible role in getting the pandemic under control."pic.twitter.com/g4Lc5lpO6x— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) June 3, 2021
In one of Fauci's emails, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins sent Fauci a link to a Fox News report which mentioned COVID-19 may have originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
But Fauci's response is entirely redacted.
In another email, immunologist Kristian Andersen wrote to Fauci, arguing the virus had "unusual features" that could suggest lab manipulation.
Regarding maks, Fauci wrote:
"Masks are really for infected people to prevent them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection."
"The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through material."