Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), stated that he could not be “complicit” with former President Trump regarding the false information he disseminated while acting as commander in chief during the COVID-19 pandemic in an interview with CNN before resigning from his position.
In an interview with reporter Chris Wallace, Fauci asserted that it was obvious that none of Trump’s assertions regarding the pandemic were supported by any scientific evidence.
Fauci claims that despite this, he found it difficult to publicly criticize the president but felt compelled to do so.
“I have such a great deal of respect for the office of the presidency that it just made me very uncomfortable, but I had to do it, Chris, because I couldn’t stand there and be complicit in saying hydroxychloroquine works when it doesn’t, you know, bleach works. It doesn’t. The virus is going to go away like magic. It’s not,” Fauci said.
Fauci said his criticism of Trump and his allies came at a cost because it led to a “growing hostility” between them—something he claimed he did not intend.
But he added, “I had to do that to maintain my scientific and personal integrity, and most importantly, to fulfill my commitment to the American public.
Fauci, who has advised every president since Ronald Reagan, has stated that he plans to “pursue the next chapter in my career” after leaving the NIAID and his role as chief medical counselor to President Biden.