While a large percentage of the United States population fell a little in love with Dr. Anthony Fauci over the course of the pandemic in 2020, that isn’t true of the whole country. A large number of conservatives and Donald Trump supporters see the scientist, who often contradicted the former president in press briefings, as something of an enemy.
President Joe Biden has always expressed support for Dr. Fauci, but after The Washington Post and BuzzFeed News obtained and published a trove of the doctor’s 2020 emails, there are those who wonder if that support has waned at all. One of the issues mentioned in the emails is the theory that coronavirus was “engineered” in a lab in Wuhan, China, per The Wall Street Journal. The political right is particularly interested in this, according to the BBC, as they claim that Dr. Fauci was burying evidence that COVID-19 was, in fact, created in a lab. For his part, Dr. Fauci said his emails were “misconstrued” and can easily “be taken out of context,” per News Nation Now. He also explained that he noted in one of the emails that he thinks “the most likely origin [of COVID-19] is a jumping of species.” He added that “I still do think it is,” but noted he is “also keeping an open mind that it might be a lab leak.”
But more importantly than what talking heads on the news think — has any of this changed President Joe Biden’s mind?
Joe Biden kept it short and sweet
President Biden summed up his feelings on Dr. Anthony Fauci in a single sentence on Friday, June 4. “Yes, I’m very confident in Dr. Fauci,” he told reporters.
For what it’s worth, the Biden administration has ordered an official investigation into the lab leak theory, so it’s not completely out of left field to wonder if the president had lost faith in Fauci due to his emails.
From what we can tell, Biden and his administration have been pretty consistent about the doctor and his work. In a White House press briefing, the day before, via The Hill, Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters, “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.”
In any case, it seems pretty doubtful that Dr. Fauci is going anywhere just yet.
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