On Monday, Fauci said he is not deterred and will continue to serve in his role despite the criticism.
“I’m not going to walk away from this outbreak, no matter who’s the president,” Fauci told CNBC.
Earlier this week, Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, slammed the Trump campaign for using his words out of context in a campaign advertisement touting Trump’s pandemic response.
“I mean obviously there are a lot of things that are going on that you would prefer did not happen, like the ad, which put me in a political context, which I spent my entire career staying out of political context. That’s not helpful, but I’m certainly not going to give up. I’ve devoted my entire professional life to fighting infectious diseases,” Fauci said in an interview on CNBC Monday.
Trump on Tuesday also referenced Fauci’s advice given early in the pandemic against wearing masks. That decision was due largely to a nationwide shortage of masks. But the attempted criticism is particularly ironic given that Fauci has a high approval rating and Trump has used his likeness to appeal to voters.
CNN’s Shelby Lin Erdman and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.