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Top doctor Anthony Fauci set the record straight on Tuesday after speculation surfaced earlier this week about whether he would retire after a years-long global pandemic and said he had no no such plans.
“I’m not going to retire. No, no, I’m not going to retire,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and chief medical adviser to the president told The Hill. . “I could leave my current position at some point.”
Questions have surfaced over Fauci’s retirement after Politico published an interview in which the disease specialist allegedly “left by the end of President Joe Biden’s term.”
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Fauci said he was asked if he would continue to work for the federal government if Donald Trump, who is expected to announce his candidacy this year, wins the White House again.
“I said a very innocent but true thing. I said whether it’s Donald Trump or Joe Biden’s second term, I don’t intend to be in my current position in January 2025,” he said. he told The Hill at an event on Tuesday. “I haven’t decided what will happen until then, but the only thing I know is that I have other things that I want to do professionally and I want to have the ability – while I still have the energy and passion to do them.”
Fauci served as head of NIAID for nearly four decades, taking the directorship in 1984.
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He gained global attention during the coronavirus pandemic and became a nationally divisive figure as some Americans grew frustrated with COVID-related mandates aimed at curbing the spread of the virus, such as masking regulations and business closures in the onslaught of the pandemic.
Fauci told Politico he would like to help mend the widespread partisan polarization that has divided the nation and politicized science.
Despite his intention to leave the director’s role to NIAID, he said he was prepared to face partisan attacks likely to be launched by Republican candidates as Americans head to the polls again this fall.
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“They’re going to try to sue me, anyway. I mean, probably less if I’m not at work,” he told Politico.
But added: “I don’t factor that into my career decision.”