NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Dr. Anthony Fauci asserted on Tuesday that he has “nothing to hide” and that his decision to resign was unrelated to Republican lawmakers’ threats to look into him. He charged that the GOP was engaging in “character assassination” while posing as an oversight group.
Fauci stated that he will “pursue the next chapter” of his career and that he is “not retiring” in his announcement on Monday that he will step down as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and as President Biden’s main medical adviser in December. He discussed his choice on Tuesday’s episode of CNN’s “New Day,” which will soon be “re-imagined.”
“Republicans in particular saw you as a representation of the limitations imposed by COVID-19. As CNN’s Kaitlin Collins noted, “Republican members and you have argued frequently, and they are anticipated to win control of the House this fall, theoretically, and they threatened to probe you if they did. Did that play any part in your decision to leave?”
In December, Dr. Anthony Fauci will step down.
Fauci promptly refuted the claim that Republicans had any influence on his choice.
“In truth, not at all. Not even a little bit. Nothing about me is hidden. Additionally, I stand by all I’ve done. So I’m not bothered or phased by that. My decision to resign was made well over a year ago, “said Fauci.
“When President Biden was elected, one of his first acts was to ask me to join and serve as his chief medical adviser, which I took as a great pleasure and happily agreed. I had previously made the decision that I might wish to resign at the conclusion of the Trump term. I believed that COVID would be history after a year, and that it would last for roughly a year. Obviously, though, that is not the case “Fauci went on. I just felt it was the right time, especially since I’m still healthy, active, and passionate about what I want to do, and I think that’s the time to move on to the next phase. But after thinking about that, I think we’re in a relatively good place with regard to COVID, if we use and implement the interventions that we have.
Fauci was then asked by Collins if he would testify if Republicans so requested.
“Yes, I would definitely give that some thought. But keep in mind that I think supervision is a crucial component of a functioning government. I can be productive, and I welcome it. However, what has occurred thus far is less of an oversight and more of a character assassination “said he. “Therefore, yes, I would be willing to assist as long as we create something that clearly states dignified oversight, which it should. … refraining from merely bringing up absurd points and criticizing my character. That is not a mistake.”
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Fauci has directed NIAID for 38 years, starting with Ronald Reagan, “on newly emerging and re-emerging infectious disease concerns,” such as HIV/AIDS and West Nile Virus. He has served under seven presidents. He believes that the nation must “come together” and prioritize the welfare of its citizens over partisan considerations.
The tremendous division in our country “really really disturbs me,” Fauci added.
If there was ever a time when everyone needed to come together, Fauci said it was now because these viruses that produce outbreaks and have already, like COVID, killed one million Americans, are our shared enemy. “It is not the right time for political ideologies to be getting in the way of what ought to be a team effort to put an end to this. So I hope things get better as I think back.”
According to Fauci, he is “fundamentally a cautious optimist” and believes Americans will unite.
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Brianna Keilar, co-host of “New Day,” who usually sits next to John Berman, was sitting in for Collins. A makeover of the network’s morning show was announced by CNN CEO Chris Licht, but he hasn’t said if the present hosts will be a part of the new incarnation, therefore the program’s future is questionable.
This report was provided to by Fox News’ Brooke Singman.