Dr. Anthony Fauci is planning to retire by the end of President Joe Biden’s term, he said in an interview with Politico on Monday.
“They’re going to try and come after me, anyway. I mean, probably less so if I’m not in the job,” Fauci told the outlet. “I don’t make that a consideration in my career decision.”
Over 50 years, the doctor served as a federal official. Since 1984, he’s served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and he also is currently the Chief Medical Advisor to the president.
The doctor was criticised and praised for his efforts in the COVID-19 response to pandemic under the Trump administration. Fauci’s role in White House press conferences during the Trump era earned him notoriety. This also led to a contentious relationship between himself and the ex-president.
“We developed an interesting relationship,” Fauci said in the Politico interview.
“Two guys from New York, different in their opinions and their ideology, but still, two guys who grew up in the same environments of this city. I think that we are related to each other in that regard.”
This made Fauci a popular figure on the left-leaning political spectrum, even though many conservatives still remained skeptical about him and the NIAID. Fauci was known to scuffle with Republican legislators like Sen. Rand Paul (R.KY) during congressional hearings.
He was asked, among other things, what are the guidelines for things returning to normal.
“What is low enough? Give me a number,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) asked Fauci last April as to when certain guidelines could be eased, according to ABC News.
“That would be that the number of infections per day are well below 10,000 per day,” Fauci replied.
“At that point, and up to that point, there would be a gradual pulling back of some of the restrictions you’re talking about.”
Fauci, who will be remembered by Americans as the face and spokesperson for the COVID-19 pandemic effort, will no doubt go down in history as controversial.