Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious disease expert who gained widespread recognition as a top COVID-19 adviser to former President Donald Trump, has expressed plenty of disagreement with his former boss.
According to his recent remarks, however, Fauci is done criticizing the Trump administration as he assumes an even bigger role in President Joe Biden’s White House.
“A positive attitude”
According to the Daily Wire, Fauci recently said it would not be “productive” to badmouth Biden’s predecessor.
“I really don’t want to go back and rehash,” he said during a recent interview.
Fauci’s latest comments came on the heels of some recent remarks casting aspersions on the Trump White House for its COVID-19 response.
Now serving as Biden’s chief medical adviser, not to mention the federal government’s highest-paid employee, Fauci is apparently focused on the future instead of the past. That was not the case, however, when he sat down for a recent interview with The New York Times.
“There were a couple of times where I would make a statement that was a pessimistic viewpoint about what direction we were going,” Fauci said at the time. “And the president would call me up and say, ‘Hey, why aren’t you more positive? You’ve got to take a positive attitude. Why are you so negativistic? Be more positive.”
“A liberating feeling”
During his first press conference after Biden’s inauguration, Fauci similarly faulted Trump’s behavior while touting the new administration.
“The idea that you can get up and talk about what you know, what the evidence is, what the science is — it is somewhat of a liberating feeling,” he said, according to NBC News.
In his recent remarks during a segment of Fox News Channel’s America Reports, however, Fauci even had some positive words to share about the former president, particularly in regard to an effort to expedite the creation of a vaccine.
“A lot of good things did happen with Operation Warp Speed during those months, several months ago,” he said, stressing that the next hurdle to clear will involve getting a majority of the nation’s population inoculated against the pandemic virus.
Only time will tell whether Fauci has actually gotten over his impulse to denounce the efforts of the Trump administration.