When Dr. Anthony Fauci someday decides that he has had enough of barking orders at the American people in fawning cable news interviews, he can look forward to receiving the biggest pension in federal government history.
According to a new report from Forbes, Fauci, the longtime head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and chief adviser to the White House on all things COVID-19, will receive at least $350,000 per year in retirement.
While Fauci’s salary for 2021 has not been released yet, he has been the highest-paid federal employee for at least two years, Forbes reports.
Fauci’s salary from 2018 to 2020 increased from $399,625 to $434,312. If Fauci had retired at the end of fiscal year 2020, his pension would have been about $333,745 a year, according to Forbes.
However, Fauci’s eventual pension will likely be even larger even if his salary remains roughly the same in 2021 and 2022. Fauci has worked in the federal government for 55 years, which makes him eligible for a pension worth 80% of the average of his highest-paid three years, as Forbes notes.
Fauci received a huge pay increase from President George W. Bush: His salary jumped from $200,000- to $335,000-a year between 2004 and 2007.
He is also a member of the Ready Reserve Corps, which uses a different calculation for retirements, although it’s unclear this would have an impact on his pension, reports note. He will benefit from annual cost-of-living adjustments and annuity payments, placing his pension comfortably past $350,000 per year.
It’s certainly a payout suited to a man who has spent the last nearly two years acting like America’s king. While revered by many Democrats as a trusted scientist, Fauci has eroded public trust among many Americans by issuing misleading statements and constantly shifting the goalposts on pandemic policy.
In his latest capricious threat, Fauci recently warned that Americans refusing the coronavirus vaccine could be blocked from domestic air travel.
A recent Gallup poll found that 52% of Americans approve of Fauci, and 47% disapprove. Eighty-five percent of Democrats approve of him. And while many Americans say that Fauci should at least be fired for his serial dishonesty, Fauci has dismissed his critics as enemies of “science.”
Indeed, Fauci, who is 81, is well past retirement age — but he has shown little desire to relinquish the spotlight he has been in since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There’s no way I’m going to walk away from this until we get this under control. I mean, that’s the purpose of what we do. That’s — that’s our mission in life,” Fauci said in a recent interview, according to the Daily Caller. “In the middle of it, I’m not going to walk away.”