Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, rose to prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though many have been critical of his policies set during the pandemic, Fauci seems to think his recommendations aren’t going anywhere — and neither is he.
Fauci hinted that more coronavirus restrictions and lockdowns may be on the horizon, which also means he will not retire, Breitbart reported. Both ideas are a reversal of previous statements he’s made regarding the end of the pandemic.
Previously, Fauci had promised he wouldn’t leave his post until the U.S. was “out of the pandemic phase.” Just last week, he seemed to concede that the nation was because of waning infections and death and now reversed that sentiment entirely.
“We have a way to go,” he told George Stephanopoulos on ABC News last weekend when asked about the status of the pandemic. That means Fauci, the highest-paid federal employee, won’t be stepping away despite his previous assertions.
“I’m not so sure, George,” Fauci said about whether the pandemic finally ending and him retiring. “I want to make sure we’re really out of this before I really seriously consider doing anything different,” he said.
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“We are still in this. We have a way to go,” Fauci claimed, though he acknowledged the nation was “clearly going the right direction” now. “I hope we stay that way,” he qualified.
Sen. Ted Cruz’s response to Fauci’s latest flip-flop likely echoed the sentiment of many weary Americans. “Hell no,” the Texas Republican said. “For petty tyrants like Fauci, they only have one tool in their toolbox: authoritarian restrictions. Enough is enough,” Cruz said.
Fauci has done a terrible job during the pandemic as it becomes abundantly clear that everything he recommended did little to nothing in stopping the virus. The 81-year-old doctor should retire while he still has a shred of dignity, yet it seems the power he’s amassed is just too great of a temptation.