If former Vice President Joe Biden (D) is elected president, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the coronavirus task force, could be here to stay.
Biden took to Twitter on Tuesday to say he would keep Fauci around if he were headed to the White House.
“If I’m elected, I’ll immediately reach out to Dr. Fauci and ask him to continue his incredible service to our country,” Biden said.
He also took aim at President Donald Trump and suggested he has failed to listen to the advice of medical experts.
“I’ll have the nation’s top medical experts and scientists ready to advise our response on day one — and I’ll actually listen to them,” Biden added.
If I’m elected, I’ll immediately reach out to Dr. Fauci and ask him to continue his incredible service to our country.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 30, 2020
I’ll have the nation’s top medical experts and scientists ready to advise our response on day one — and I'll actually listen to them.
The White House previously addressed speculation of Trump firing Fauci, as IJR previously reported.
Trump retweeted former Congressional candidate DeAnna Lorraine’s post including a hashtag suggesting Fauci be fired.
White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley released a statement responding to the media’s reaction to Trump’s move on twitter.
“This media chatter is ridiculous,” Gidley’s said. “President Trump is not firing Dr. Fauci. The president’s tweet clearly exposed media attempts to maliciously push a falsehood about his China decision in an attempt to rewrite history.”
Fauci, along with Dr. Deborah Birx, has served as Trump’s top health advisor throughout the pandemic.
In a speech in Delaware on Tuesday, Biden took aim at Trump for his response to the outbreak, as IJR previously reported.
Biden signaled he believes Trump has given up.
“Now it’s almost July and it seems like our war-time president has surrendered, waved the white flag and left the battlefield,” Biden said.
The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the nation as some states are seeing sharp surges in the number of cases.
As of Tuesday evening, the United States is reporting more than 2.6 million coronavirus cases and over 127,000 deaths.