Following the release of emails to and from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief White House medical adviser has faced renewed skepticism and allegations that he has provided contradictory advice since the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, however, President Joe Biden has no intentions of ousting Fauci from the influential position in his administration. A growing chorus of Republican critics has spoken out to call for the infectious disease expert to either resign or be fired as a result of revelations uncovered in the recently published emails.
“A renowned career civil servant”
“Fauci’s leaked emails are shocking to say the least,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). “He needs to be FIRED!”
When the topic came up during Friday’s White House press conference, Psaki attempted to put the matter to rest once and for all.
“Dr. Fauci is a renowned career civil servant,” she claimed. “He’s overseen the management of multiple global health crises, and attacks launched on him are certainly something we would not stand by.”
Fox News Channel reporter Peter Doocy continued to press the Biden spokesperson, asking: “Can you imagine any circumstance where President Biden would ever fire him?”
Her response was clear: “No.”
“I’m very confident in Dr. Fauci”
During remarks about the latest economic reports earlier in the day, the president fielded a question about his faith in the long-serving director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“Yes, I’m very confident in Dr. Fauci,” Biden declared.
Nevertheless, more Americans are asking tough questions about the doctor in light of apparent contradictions between his public advice and private email communications on topics ranging from the efficacy of face masks to the origins of the virus itself.
The brewing controversy does not seem to have changed the Biden administration’s devotion to Fauci, though.
Calling him “an undeniable asset in our country’s pandemic response,” Psaki said during Thursday’s press briefing that “the president and the administration feel that Dr. Fauci has played an incredible role in getting the pandemic under control, being a voice to the public throughout the course of this pandemic.”