May 24, 2022

Dr. Fauci considering retirement as Republicans look set to take power in legislative branch

For more than two years, Dr. Anthony Fauci was the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, that may be about to change.

Fauci is considering retiring from his post as chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, Breitbart reported. The 81-year-old has become increasingly unpopular as mass vaccinations and endless lockdowns similarly fall out of favor with the public.

“I have said that I would stay in what I’m doing until we get out of the pandemic phase and I think we might be there already, if we can stay in this,” Fauci said of the waning severity of the virus as restrictions are lifted. He made these comments earlier this week to Brad Mielke on his ABC News “Start Here” podcast.

“I can’t stay at this job forever,” Fauci pointed out. “Unless my staff is gonna find me slumped over my desk one day. I’d rather not do that,” he said.

Though Fauci hasn’t made a formal retirement announcement, the time may be right with the addition of Dr. Ashish Jha to the White House. He is certainly qualified as the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health and new coronavirus coordinator to take over some of Fauci’s responsibilities.

Fauci has no specific plans for what to do after retirement since he was a bureaucrat for most of his career. “I, unfortunately, am somewhat of a unidimensional physician, scientist, public health person,” he admitted.

While Fauci mulls his retirement plans, lawmakers like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have called for his ouster. Fauci has been cagey about his involvement in gain of function research that may have led to the pandemic, and Rubio contends “if Biden believes in science, he must fire Fauci” for downplaying “the idea that the virus could have come from a lab.”

Fauci’s push for additional vaccinations and lockdowns even in the face of improving conditions makes Americans unsettled. Retiring now would help him save face as Biden may be forced to cut him loose anyway.

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