White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr Anthony Fauci said on Friday he was much more interested in whether Americans stop dying from Covid-19 than whether they love it or not.
Veteran virologist and longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has spoken of his status as a Republican black beast during an interview on Fox Business Network Cavuto coast to coast program.
Dr Fauci’s appearance on the Rupert Murdoch-owned network was his first since an Oct. 17 meeting with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, and comes after months of growing partisan attacks against him by some. some of the most prominent figures in the right-wing media.
A Fox host, former CBS News correspondent Lara Logan drew widespread condemnation earlier this week when she compared the government’s top infectious disease expert to Dr Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor and war criminal who became infamous for his experiments on the prisoners of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Another Fox host, Tucker Carlson, compared him to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and called the doctor “the patron saint of Wuhan”.
But Dr Fauci told Cavuto he took little interest in what people thought of him after being asked about Republicans’ increasingly negative opinion of him.
“I’m not running a popularity contest for myself. I am a doctor. I am a scientist and I am a specialist in public health, ”said Dr Fauci.
“The only thing that matters to me … is to help preserve and protect the health of the American public … this is what I have been doing for 50 years as a doctor and for almost 40 years as a doctor. am a doctor. director of the institute, so whether people on one side or the other like me or dislike me is not my concern, ”he said. “What I do is concentrate on my job, which is to get us out of this pandemic which has already killed 780,000 Americans”
Dr Fauci, who first rose to prominence as a leading expert on HIV-AIDS in the 1980s, has advised every president since Ronald Reagan and is one of the most cited scientists in the world according to a Google Scholar analysis of the medical literature. But he has also become a prime target of Republicans who have sought to blame him for the pandemic in order to deflect attention from the missteps made in the Trump administration’s first response to it.
Continuing, he told Cavuto that talking about whether Americans liked him or approved of him was “noise” and “really meaningless stuff.”
“My job is to help the American public, and that’s the only thing I’m focusing on,” he said.
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