(FreedomBeacon.com)- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the United States, said that he would most likely not be returning to a political leadership position following the 2024 presidential election, no matter who winds up winning the trip back to the White House.
On Wednesday, the polarizing Fauci made that announcement while speaking with Neil Cavuto of Fox News. The anchor had asked Fauci whether he would continue to serve in the federal government if former President Donald Trump were to run again in 2024 and end up being re-elected.
“Well, I’m not going to get involved in any politics about who is or is not going in the White House. By the way, by the time that happens, I think I won’t be around, no matter who the president is.”
Right now, Fauci is serving as the chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, as well as continuing in his role as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Cavuto pressed Fauci to find out whether his statement meant that he was “done.” The doctor responded after chuckling:
“No, I’m not done yet. But, you’re talking about a few years from now, and I don’t foresee that I will be doing this a few years from now.”
Cavuto then continue to press on, asking the 81-year-old Fauci if he’d step down whether Trump, Biden or someone else won election as president in 2024. He responded:
“That’s exactly correct. I have been doing this now for 38 years. It will be over 40 years if I wait that long.”
Fauci was first appointed as director of the NIAID back in 1984. He has served as an advisor to seven different presidents, starting with Ronald Reagan. In addition to advising the last two presidents on COVID-19 and the pandemic, he has advised previous presidents on global and domestic health issues, including HIV/AIDS.
In May, Fauci had indicated he wouldn’t remain serving as the chief medical advisor to the White House — a position that was established in 2019 under Trump — if Trump were to be re-elected as president in 2024. The pair, while they started on good terms, ended up clashing more times than not as the pandemic raged on starting in 2020.
On May 16, Fauci spoke with Jim Acosta of CNN, who asked:
“If Trump were to return to the White House as president, and COVID is still a threat or there is some other public health emergency, would you have confidence in his ability — would you have confidence in his ability to deal with a pandemic of this nature? Would you want to stay on in your post?”
Fauci laughed and then replied:
“Well, no to the second question. The first question, if you look at the history of what the [COVID-19] response was during the [Trump] administration, I think at best you could say it wasn’t optimal.”