October 3, 2022

Dr. Birx says she frequently considered quitting White House during Trump administration

Now that Donald Trump is officially no longer the chief executive, members of his coronavirus task force is revealing their behind-the-scenes thoughts to the media.

Task force infectious disease expert Dr. Deborah Birx told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Friday that she was “always” considering quitting the White House position during the course of the coronavirus crisis. 

Birx, as the coronavirus task force coordinator, said that she was under enormous political pressure during her time on the panel, and said that colleagues on the task force “decided that I had become this political person, even though they had known me forever.”

“I had to ask myself every morning, is there something that I think I can do that would be helpful in responding to this pandemic and it’s something I asked myself every night,” she told host Margaret Brennan.

When Brennan pressed for clarification about whether she ever considered quitting the task force, Birx replied: “Always. I mean, why would you want to put yourself through that every day?”

Birx has served in a public health capacity in the last three administrations but announced her intention to retire from public life last week.

The public health expert said that she would help the Biden administration transition, but said that her time on the White House panel was “overwhelming” and regretted her family being “dragged” into the spotlight.

Birx was criticized over the Thanksgiving holiday when it was discovered that she traveled across state lines to see her family in Delaware despite calling on the American people to refrain from gathering with their families.

When asked what he believes her biggest mistake was while serving on the task force, Birx told Brennan that “I always feel like I could have done more, been more outspoken, maybe been more outspoken publicly. I didn’t know all the consequences of all of these issues.”

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