On Thursday morning, just hours after Mr Biden’s inauguration, Dr Fauci addressed the executive board of the World Health Organization, telling the body that the United States would not follow through on the asks Mr. Trump to leave the group in the middle. pandemic.
“The United States stands ready to work in partnership and solidarity to support the international Covid-19 response, mitigate its impact on the world, strengthen our institutions, advance epidemic preparedness for the future, and improve health and well-being of all. the world, ”Dr. Fauci said in a video appearance.
During the Trump administration, Dr. Fauci’s appearances in the White House briefing room were often preceded by rambling and controversial meetings in the Oval Office with Mr. Trump and his aides, many of whom prompted optimistic scenarios or misleading data.
On Thursday, Dr Fauci described a different scene.
“One of the things that was very clear about 15 minutes ago, when I was with the president, is that one of the things that we are going to do is to be completely transparent, open and honest,” he said. he declares. “If things go wrong, not point the finger at it but fix it and make sure everything we do is based on science and evidence.”
Dr Fauci stopped, as if to marvel at what he had just said.
“I mean, it was literally a conversation I had 15 minutes ago,” he says. “And he said it several times.
A reporter noted that Dr Fauci – who last appeared in the briefing room in November – had largely disappeared from public view late last year after angering Mr Trump at de too many times.
Are you back now, he asked her.
He smiled and looked at Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary.
“I think so,” he said.