Anthony Fauci has described the attacks on him by Republicans as “strange,” after a barrage of criticism from leading GOP figures.
The infectious disease expert who has led the United States’ effort against Covid-19 was forced to defend himself after a former Trump official called him “the father of the real virus” and Senator Lindsey Graham followed other Republicans in urging Fauci, Joe Biden’s chief physician. advisor and director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, to travel to the Mexico-United States border.
Speaking to Fox News, Fauci said he had become the scapegoat for figures on the right.
“I have been a symbol for them of what they do not like of everything that has to do with things that are contrary to them, anything outside their scope,” he said.
In a flurry of tweets on Friday, Graham from South Carolina told Fauci, “You have to go to the southern border and witness in person the biggest superstore event in the nation.”
Graham was referring to thousands of migrants being held in overcrowded conditions. The administration has said that asylum seekers are screened for the coronavirus upon arrival in the US It was unclear what Graham thought a visit from Fauci would accomplish.
“It’s a bit strange, I’d say,” Fauci said. “I mean… Lindsey Graham, who I like, is… you know, she’s a good person, I’ve treated him very, very well over the years, you know, comparing myself to things that have to do with the border? I mean, I have nothing to do with the border.
“Having me on the border is really not what I do.”
Fauci, 80, has served seven presidents since 1984, leading the fight against AIDS and HIV before emerging as the trusted public face of attempts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
On Wednesday, Peter Navarro, who served in various roles under Donald Trump, launched a strange spiel during an interview with Fox News.
When asked about Fauci’s comment that his search for a vaccine was “the best decision [I] never done, “Navarro said:” Fauci is a sociopath and a liar. It had nothing to do with the vaccine. The father of the vaccine is Donald J. Trump.
“What is Father Fauci of? Fauci is the father of the real virus. “
Fauci responded, asking, “How strange is that? Think about it for a second. Is not it a bit strange? Well then. “
Last week, Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff, accused Fauci of keeping quiet about conditions at the border. A congressman from Alabama also urged Fauci to participate. In February, Marco Rubio, Senator from Florida, criticized Fauci, saying that his job “is not to fool or scare” the American public.
Fauci objected when asked to respond.
“I’m so busy trying to do some important things to preserve the health and safety of the American people that I can’t be bothered to get distracted by these people doing these ad hominems,” he said.