Fauci Backpedals On Possible Retirement During Recent TV Appearance

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., NIAID Director | commons.wikimedia.org

On Sunday, White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Fauci said he was not retiring after reports were being floated that he was considering the move.

Rumors of a possible retirement made the rounds after an interview Fauci had on ABC News’ “Start Here” podcast on Friday. During the interview, Fauci said, “I have said that I would stay in what I’m doing until we get out of the pandemic phase and I think we might be there already if we can stay in this.” Fauci also said, “I can’t stay at this job forever. Unless my staff is gonna find me slumped over my desk one day. I’d rather not do that.”

Fauci backpedaled on these comments on Sunday during an interview on ABC’s recent broadcast of “This Week.”

The host George Stephanopoulos asked Fauci, “You’ve said you’re going to stay in this job until we get out of the pandemic phase. You’ve served your country for decades. Are we approaching the point we’re beyond the pandemic phase and you’ll get some rest?”

Fauci responded, while laughing, “I’m not so sure, George. I want to make sure we’re really out of this before I consider doing anything different. We’re still in this. We have a way to go. We’re clearly going in the right direction. I hope we stay that way.”