Dr. Deborah Birx, the medical expert who was appointed early on by President Donald Trump as the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, recently made headlines after a controversy involving her traveling to her Delaware vacation home during Thanksgiving after telling Americans not to travel.
According to Breitbart, the public backlash has apparently been so harsh that the doctor plans on resigning her position on the task force by retiring before President-elect Joe Biden’s administration enters the White House.
Birx made the bombshell announcement during an exclusive interview with Newsy after she was questioned about whether or not she planned on joining Biden’s incoming COVID-19 task force.
“I want the Biden administration to be successful,” Birx said, according to the New York Post. She went on to tout her long record of working in public health within the U.S. military, the U.S. State Department and Trump’s White House.
“I will be helpful in any role that people think I can be helpful in and then I will retire,” Birx said, before explaining why she made the controversial decision to travel during Thanksgiving after essentially telling every American it would be in their best interest to stay home during the holidays.
“My daughter hasn’t left that house in 10 months, my parents have been isolated for 10 months. They’ve become deeply depressed as I’m sure many elderly have as they’ve not been able to see their sons, their granddaughters,” Birx added, even claiming that her parents were so depressed that they “stopped eating and drinking.”
Her attempted justification of her traveling fell upon angry and deaf ears, as many on social media pointed out that her insistence on lockdowns and travel restrictions is what put her parents — and everyone else — in that difficult spot in the first place.
Birx was apparently set to join Biden’s COVID-19 task force prior to her public relations embarrassment.
Breaking her own strict rules just further proves that strict, long-term lockdowns may not have been the best strategy for Americans to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. As Trump has said on many occasions, “the cure can’t be worse than the problem itself.”