Biden administration chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has increasingly fallen out of favor among many Republicans since he became a household name in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For his part, former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) directly called for the president to fire Fauci.
“Lost all of their credibility”
The infectious disease expert and long-serving director of the U.S. National Institution of Allergy and Infectious Diseases seems more interested in media appearances than actually doing his job, Chaffetz argued.
Chaffetz, who is currently a Fox News Channel contributor, shared his commentary on the heels of a major update by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding its recommendations for mask use among vaccinated Americans.
“They’ve lost all of their credibility and when there really is something to be listened to, I don’t think people are going to listen to them,” he asserted.
The former Republican lawmaker went on to accuse Fauci of being “more interested in doing media relations” than he was in studying the “actual science” behind pandemic-related guidelines.
“I think this administration should fire Dr. Fauci,” Chaffetz added. “I don’t think people have trust and belief in him. I think his time has come and gone.”
“Never a good reason”
He echoed the opinion of several other high-profile Republicans on Capitol Hill, suggesting that there was “never a good reason” for certain policies, such as requiring small children to wear face masks on flights.
Chaffetz also weighed in on the uncertainty surrounding whether schools will continue implementing mask mandates, stating: “I don’t understand why there is a mask mandate in schools and kids can’t go back to class.”
During an ABC News interview on Tuesday, however, Fauci essentially admitted there was an element of theater in encouraging continued indoor mask use among vaccinated individuals.
“I didn’t want to look like I was giving mixed signals,” he said. “But being a fully vaccinated person, the chances of my getting infected, in an indoor setting, is extremely low.”