Dr. Fauci announces future retirement plans

Fox News reports that Dr. Anthony Fauci has announced that he will retire by the end of President Joe Biden’s term. 

Fauci, the Biden administration’s chief medical adviser and the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), announced his retirement plan in an interview with Politico.

“After more than five decades of federal service under seven presidents, Anthony Fauci says he’s leaving by the end of President Joe Biden’s term,” Politico reports.

The 81-year-old Fauci has been head of the NIAID since 1984. As such, he has advised every president since Ronald Reagan. But, more recently, during the coronavirus pandemic, he has become an extremely divisive figure.

Why so long?

What has made Fauci so controversial is the heavy-handed approach that he has recommended throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This includes advocating for such things as mask mandates, lockdowns, and vaccination mandates with no real science to back these recommendations up.

Given how controversial a figure Fauci has become, his retirement is not that surprising. The surprising part is that he is going to wait until the end of Biden’s term to leave.

When asked by Politico whether he is staying out of a sense of obligation, Fauci responded: “We’re in a pattern now. If somebody says, ‘You’ll leave when we don’t have Covid anymore,’ then I will be 105. I think we’re going to be living with this.”

One thing that makes Fauci’s decision to stay for two-and-a-half more years surprising is the fact that congressional Republicans have Fauci in their cross-hairs. They have vowed to investigate Fauci should they retake Congress in the midterm elections, and Fauci knows it.

“They’re going to try and come after me, anyway. I mean, probably less so if I’m not in the job,” Fauci said, claiming, “I don’t make that a consideration in my career decision.”

Nobody’s listening anymore

There are a lot of questions left unanswered in the interview. The big question that Fauci doesn’t really answer is why he is retiring in two-and-a-half years rather than now: why make the announcement now?

But, one thing Fauci did let slip is that he is not happy that no one is listening to him anymore. “It’s becoming more and more difficult to get people to listen because even the people who are compliant want this behind them,” Fauci said.

That statement right there probably tells you everything that you need to know about Fauci.

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