White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has been a prominent figure in politics and the media since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A new report shows that the longtime bureaucrat is now on pace to receive the largest retirement package in the history of the federal government.
Fauci qualifies for record-setting pension
While Fauci’s advice and recommendations have received mixed reviews from the public, his 55 years working for the government qualifies him for an annual retirement income of more than $350,000, a new report from Forbes reveals.
As it stands, he is already the highest-paid federal employee.
Forbes explained that Fauci earned more than $434,000 last year, which marked an increase of nearly $17,000 over the previous year.
If the 80-year-old director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) decided to retire at the end of the current fiscal year, his pension would be nearly $334,000 plus benefits and cost-of-living increases.
As one of the nation’s longest-serving federal employees, Fauci brought home roughly $3.6 million in income between 2010 and 2019. At his current salary and if he does not retire, he is on track to make another $2.5 million between 2019 and 2024.
“It’s astounding and alarming”
Of course, Fauci has plenty of critics who likely do not believe his service warrants such a staggering income.
While many opponents complain that his advice changes with the wind and seems rooted more in politics than science, some public figures have gone so far as to call for him to be removed from his influential post.
One of his most vocal critics has been U.S. Sen Rand Paul (R-KY), who sounded off on Twitter last month.
“The absolute hubris of someone claiming THEY represent science,” Rand wrote of Fauci, according to The Hill. “It’s astounding and alarming that a public health bureaucrat would even think to claim such a thing, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science of natural immunity.”
Fox News Channel personality Jesse Watters attracted some backlash earlier this month for the rhetoric he used in encouraging an audience to press Fauci with tough questions, asserting: “Now you go in for the kill shot. The kill shot? With an ambush? Deadly. Because he doesn’t see it coming.”