Fauci Threatens to Quit White House If Trump Wins in 2024
Biden's chief medical adviser says he will leave his job if Trump returns
Democrat Joe Biden's chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has threatened to quit his job in the White House if President Donald Trump wins the 2024 election.
Speaking during an interview on CNN Sunday evening, Fauci laughed at the idea of working under Trump again when asked about his plans by host Jim Acosta.
Fauci told Acosta that he wouldn't work under Trump because his response to the pandemic "wasn't optimal."
He went on to suggest that Trump was to blame for the pandemic, arguing that "history" will show that.
"If you look at the history of what the response was during the administration, I think, you know, at best, you can say it wasn’t optimal," Fauci said.
"And I think just, history will speak for itself about that."
When pressed on whether he would quit if Trump was re-elected, Fauci confirmed, saying "right."
"For sure," he added.
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Fauci has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since the 1980s and became the face of the federal government's fight against coronavirus in early 2020.
President Trump frequently clashed with Fauci during the first year of the pandemic about hydroxychloroquine, testing, reopening businesses, curtailing travel from China, and several other issues.
"People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots, these people," Trump said in October 2020 during a campaign conference call, one month before the last presidential election.
"Every time he goes on TV, there's a bomb, but there's a bigger bomb if you fire him."
Trump has not committed to running in 2024, but has been hosting rallies around the country and teased another bid for the White House.
"They're going to find out the hard way starting Nov. 8 and even more so starting November 2024," Trump said at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February of the Democratic Party's chances in the next two elections.