Controversial White House infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci took to CNN on Monday to issue a statement about the movement calling for his dismissal from the White House.
Fauci, along with fellow expert Dr. Deborah Birx, has been behind the push for some of the extreme and extended lockdown measures placed over much of America in response to the coronavirus crisis.
Critics such as the former Rep. Ron Paul Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and have called for his removal from the task force at various points during the lockdown, and Trump himself even added fuel to the flames in April by re-tweeting a statement from a conservative commentator that included the hashtag “#FireFauci.”
Fauci told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Monday that “There are people that are going to be disagreeing with me. Some of them, rather violently in many respects, you know, telling me that I am crazy, fire Fauci, do this, do that. That is part of the game.”
Fauci, who has attempted to maintain a non-partisan stance throughout his time in the public eye, continued, “I am just going to keep giving you the information that I feel is necessary to make the decisions that I think are prudent decisions.”
Trump and Fauci have maintained a cordial relationship in the public eye. Even though dismissal rumors spread like wildfire after the tweet went public, Trump dismissed the idea of actually firing Fauci almost immediately.
“Today I walk in, I hear I’m going to fire him. I’m not firing him,” Trump said at the next day’s task force briefing, continuing to explain that the tweet “doesn’t matter.”
“This was a person’s view,” he remarked at the time. “Not everybody’s happy with Anthony. Not everybody is happy with everybody. But I will tell you, we have done a job the likes of which nobody has ever done.”
Rumors that Fauci may exit the White House began again this week when Vice President Mike Pence indicated that leadership was in talks to dissolve the coronavirus task force on Tuesday. However Trump quashed the notion, tweeting on Wednesday, “the Task Force will continue on indefinitely with its focus on SAFETY & OPENING UP OUR COUNTRY AGAIN,” adding that there may be changes to task force personnel.