Infection disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci attained widespread prominence for his role as a COVID-19 adviser under President Donald Trump.
Although he frequently faced criticism from the former president and various Trump supporters, he recently revealed that he never seriously considered resigning from his position. He did, however, acknowledge that stepping down would have been “gratifying for a moment.”
“I would always tell the truth”
Fauci has taken on an even broader health advisory role under President Joe Biden and has occasionally spoken about his time in the Trump administration despite previously claiming that such talk would be “not productive.”
His most recent remarks came during an appearance on MSNBC.
Host Joy Reid asked her guest if he ever considered resigning from the Trump White House, prompting him to explain why he did not.
“You know, Joy, I never really considered resigning because I felt, if I did, I would really leave a vacuum of somebody who — as you know, I would always tell the truth,” Fauci said. “I would always be talking about what is based on data.”
He went on to claim that he “was afraid” that stepping down, even if it “would be gratifying for a moment,” would deprive him of his “perch” on the COVID-19 task force.
“Somewhat of a liberating feeling”
“So, the answer to your question is, I never seriously considered walking out of that at all,” Fauci reiterated.
Nevertheless, comments made during the previous administration and in the weeks since Biden took office have revealed that Fauci and Trump were never quite on the same page.
Recently, Fauci asserted that, under Trump, “you didn’t feel that you could actually say something and there wouldn’t be any repercussions about it,” noting that his perception has changed dramatically as part of the Biden administration.
“The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what the evidence, what the science is, and know that’s it, let the science speak — it is somewhat of a liberating feeling,” he said.
Of course, another reason Fauci might not have wanted to lose his “perch” lies in recent reports that show he was the highest-paid federal employee in the entire country as of 2019, which was the last year of data available.