Conservatives reacted with glee Sunday after top White House doc Anthony Fauci revealed he would resign from his post if Donald Trump gets reelected in 2024.
Speaking to CNN‘s Jim Acosta Sunday, Fauci – who became the face of the federal government’s fight against the coronavirus in 2020 – left no doubt when asked if he would remain as the White House chief medical adviser if Trump runs successfully.
Acosta, 51, 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… to deal with a pandemic of this nature?
‘Would you want to stay on in your post?’
Fauci, seemingly caught off-guard by the inquiry, proceeded to first address Acosta’s follow-up question.
‘Well, no to the second question,’ Fauci, 81, quickly answered, between nervous laughs.
Speaking to CNN ‘s Jim Acosta Sunday, America’s top infectious disease expert stated that he would rather resign before serving as an advisor to Trump once again
He then backtracked to Acosta’s initial query.
‘The first question, if you look at the history of what the response was during the administration, I think at best you could say it wasn’t optimal,’ the infectious disease expert, whose opinions often fall in line with those of the left, asserted.
‘And I think just history will speak for itself. I don’t need to make any further comment about that, it’s not productive.’
Fauci and Trump have long been at odds regarding a slew of high-profile, pandemic-era health issues – with the then president at many points making his displeasure with Fauci known, calling him an ‘idiot’ on one occassion and publicly mulling firing him.
The short exchange between the two quickly caught the attention of a slew of high-profile conservatives on social media, eager to poke fun at Fauci’s declaration.
‘Best possible endorsement for Trump in 2024,’ said Sean Davis, CEO of conservative online outlet The Federalist, of the interaction. ‘Good riddance to this corrupt, evil little elf.’
‘Talk about two birds with one stone!!!’ conservative podcaster Graham Allen chimed in, sharing a clip of the exchange.
Echoing that sentiment was sports journalist Clay Travis, a longtime critic of Fauci’s, and the creator of sports media site Outkick.
‘This is the greatest endorsement of Donald Trump in 2024 possible,’ Travis tweeted.
Fox News journalist Leo Terrell, meanwhile, sniped that Fauci would need to quit his post, or he’d be ‘fired immediately.’
A slew of others also seemed to agree in that Fauci’s opposition to a prospective reelection campaign from Trump served as a de facto endorsement, due to the doc’s unfavorable reputation among Republicans.
‘As if you needed another reason to vote Trump in 2024,’ political satirist Tim Young wrote in response to Fauci’s assertion.
Federalist contributor Rachel Bovard added, ‘This is an endorsement for Trump. And Fauci doesn’t get it. Which is why it’s hilarious.’
Daily Caller reporter Chuck Ross, meanwhile, dubbed the not-so-ringing endorsement ‘an early in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign.’
The short exchange between the two quickly caught the attention of a slew of high-profile conservatives on social media, eager to poke fun at Fauci’s declaration
Fox political contributor Kate Hyde, often a guest on the network’s Red Eye spinoff Gutfeld!, sarcastically sniped: ‘Never would have guessed Fauci would have campaigned for Trump but here we are.’
Political pundit Stephen L. Miller wrote, ‘Stop encouraging Trump to run again.’
‘Sayonara, Fauci,’ Students for Trump founder Ryan Fournier said sarcastically.
Boston radio host Gerry Callahan wrote: ‘The amount of arrogance stuffed into this tiny person is staggering. He won’t serve under Trump because he’ll be fired 30 seconds after the inauguration. Plus, he’ll be 83. Just slink away, little man.’
Washington state congressional candidate Joe Kent wrote of Fauci’s assertion concerning his career path: ‘These new Trump 2024 ads really hit.’
Republican Troy Nehls, of Texas, simply stated, ‘Good.’
Other tongue in cheek remarks saw Fauci’s decision labeled a ‘shame,’ while others accused the doc of trying to hard to appease the Democratic Party.
Fauci has been the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases since 1984.
He was appointed as Chief Medical Advisor to the Biden administration in 2021. Fauci has spent decades advising U.S. presidents on disease outbreaks and became a public figure during the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic.
Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor and the 45th POTUS have a history of impasses. Fauci was sidelined by the Trump White House, rarely appearing in press briefings and kept from doing interviews with major news outlets. Meanwhile, Trump made his displeasure with Fauci known, called him an ‘idiot’, and publicly mulled firing him (File photo)
The rocky relationship between the former president and Fauci became evident at the beginning of the pandemic, as Trump became increasingly resistant to pushing Americans to follow restrictive health guidelines advised by Fauci.
In reflecting on his relationship with Trump after Biden was sworn in, Fauci noted in January 2021 that he took no joy in contradicting the former commander in chief.
‘It was very clear that they were things that were said, regarding things like hydroxychloroquine and other things like that. That really was uncomfortable because they were not based on scientific fact, I can tell you I take no pleasure at all in being in a situation of contradicting the president,’ he said.
Trump took a dose of the drug to ward off the coronavirus – a practice many experts expressed concern about. He ultimately got the virus and recovered.
‘You didn’t feel like you could say something and there wouldn’t be repercussions,’ he said.
Of the Biden administration’s stance toward him, Fauci said: ‘It is somewhat of a liberating feeling.’
‘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,’ Fauci noted.
‘One of the new things in this administration is: if you don’t know the answer, don’t guess. Just say you don’t know the answer,’ Fauci added last year.
‘One of the things that were very clear as recently as about 15 minutes ago, when I was with the president, is that one of the things that we’re going to do is to be completely transparent open, and honest if things go wrong.
Asked if there was anything he wanted to clarify or amend that he said during the Trump administration, Fauci said there was simply nothing.
‘No, I mean I always said everything,’ Fauci said. ‘That’s why I got trouble sometimes.’
The rocky relationship between the former president and Fauci became evident at the beginning of the pandemic, as Trump was resistant to pushing Americans to follow health guidelines advised by Fauci (File photo)
In reflecting on his relationship with Trump after Biden was sworn in, Fauci noted in January 2021 that it felt liberating to be allowed to ‘let science speak’
In October 2020, Trump called Fauci an ‘idiot’ and a ‘disaster’ during a phone call with campaign staff and said: ‘People are tired of COVID.’
In the leaked call, Trump vented about lockdowns and Fauci in particular, after the expert expressed increasing frustration with the lack of direction on social distancing and mask-wearing measures that Fauci said could have saved thousands of lives.
‘Every time he goes on television, there’s always a bomb, but there’s a bigger bomb if you fire him. This guy’s a disaster,’ Trump vented.
When asked to share his thoughts on then-emerging COVID-19 ‘hotspots’ – including Texas and Florida – Trump blamed Fauci for ‘making a lot of mistakes’.
‘… Dr. Fauci is a nice man but he’s made a lot of mistakes,’ Trump told Fox in January 2020.
‘I thought rather than firing him, you know, I listened to him, but I didn’t do what he said because, frankly, his record is not a good record,’ Trump added.
The former president also mocked the use of masks, a public health measure often endorsed loudly by Fauci, who said he ultimately had to hire a security detail due to the volume of death threats made against him and his family.
Fauci – who was reportedly largely sidelined by Trump during his time in White House, rarely appearing in press briefings and kept from doing interviews with major news outlets –often resorted to spreading his message about COVID through local news interviews and podcasts.
He has served under seven different US presidents. He turns 82 at the end of the year, and aside from his assertion Sunday, he has not shared any plans to retire.