Fauci says he has not thought about resigning: "I just want to do my job"

 edition.cnn.com  07/15/2020 04:46:54 

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says that he has not thought about resigning, even amid the administration trying to discredit him  which he calls "bizarre."

In an interview with The Atlantic on Wednesday, Fauci was asked if he has thought about resigning.

"No. I think the problem is too important for me to get into those kinds of thoughts and discussions. I just want to do my job. Im really good at it. I think I can contribute. And Im going to keep doing it," Fauci said.

Reporters at The Atlantic also asked Fauci: "You are the governments top health adviser, and the government youre trying to advise is actively trying to discredit you. How do you work like that?"

Fauci responded in part, "That is a bit bizarre."

From CNN's Amanda Watts

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro enters the West Wing of the White House on July 8.
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro enters the West Wing of the White House on July 8. Patrick Semansky/AP

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said the USA Today op-ed that was written by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro was a major mistake on their part.

Speaking to The Atlantic Council on Wednesday, Fauci said, I think if you sit down and talk to the people who are involved in that list that came out, they are really, I think, taken aback by what a big mistake that was.

If you talk to reasonable people in the White House, they realize that was a major mistake on their part, because it doesn't do anything but reflect poorly on them, he said.

The op-ed did not go through the normal sign-off process of being edited and approved by the White House press office, a White House official told CNN on Tuesday.

Fauci doesnt think that was their intention, but said, I cannot figure out in my wildest dreams why they would want to do that. I think they realize now that that was not a prudent thing to do, because its only reflecting negatively on them.

Fauci went on to say he has no explanation for Navarro: Hes in a world by himself. So I dont even want to go there.

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From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

Young people throwing "Covid parties" in the United States has been making Dr. Anthony Fauci's head spin, he said on Wednesday.

"When I hear about these Covid parties, it just makes my head spin. Because when you get infected, what youre doing is youre not in a vacuum. You are part of the propagation of the outbreak," Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, toldThe Atlantic's Ed Yong during a pre-recorded interview at The Atlantic Summit on Health Care.

"The chances are  we know statistically  that youre going to infect someone else, who then is going to infect someone else, who then all of a sudden youre going to infect somebody who gets sick and goes to the hospital," Fauci added.

Some context: Covid-19 parties have been reported across the country. Earlier this month,Tuscaloosa City, Alabama, council member Sonya McKinstry told CNN that she was furious to hear from the citys fire chief about such gatherings being thrown by young people for the purpose of catching Covid-19.

McKinstry said that tickets are sold to the party, and people who are Covid-19 positive are invited. The goal is to be the first person to be confirmed by a doctor to have coronavirus, and you win the money made off the ticket sales.

From CNN Healths Amanda Watts

Dr. Anthony Fauci said the US governments attempt to discredit him is a bit bizarre. I don't really fully understand it.

Fauci said there isnt a day that goes by that he doesnt speak to some members of the White House Task Force, including Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Robert Redfield. Remember: Trump and Fauci are no longer on speaking terms.

My input to the President is now a bit indirect. It goes through the Vice President.But clearly the Vice President, literally, every day is listening to what we have to say. There's no doubt about that," he said speaking to The Atlantic Council on Wednesday,

When it comes to the US Department of Health and Human Services' directive for some coronavirus data to bypass the CDC, Fauci said he was not consulted. I had not been involved in that," he said.

Fauci continued: I'd like to give you a reasonable explanation, but I've just been removed from that aspect of the outbreak, you know, focusing as I do on developing vaccines and drugs and things. I have not gotten into that.

From CNN's Allison Gordon

Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images
Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that it plans to reopen to the public on Aug. 29.

"The Museum has been closed since March 13, 2020, and had previously not been closed for more than three days in over a century," the Met said in a statement announcing the reopening.

There will be members-only days on Aug. 27-28 before the full reopening.

When the Met reopens, its Fifth Avenue building will be open five days a week, Thursday through Monday. The building will be open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. local time on Saturdays, Sundays and Monday, and there will be later hours  12 p.m. to 7 p.m.  on Thursdays and Fridays.

The Met Cloisters, its uptown museum in Fort Tryon Park, will open in September.

From CNN's Stella Chan

The Pasadena City College marching band participates in the Rose Parade on January 1.
The Pasadena City College marching band participates in the Rose Parade on January 1. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic has already changed the look of New Years Day 2021  the iconic Tournament of Roses Parade has been canceled.

In terms of why the 132nd parade was canceled, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade cited Gov. Gavin Newsoms phase four reopening schedule, gathering of large groups in concerts and events, and consideration of health restrictions.

While we are extremely disappointed that we are unable to host the parade, we believe that not doing so will prevent the spread of Covid-19, as well as protect the legacy of the Rose Parade for generations to come, said David Eads, executive director and CEO of the Tournament of Roses.

Planning for the Rose Bowl Football game is ongoing.

We continue to work with the college football playoff and our collegiate partners to explore what this years college football season will look like amidst Covid-19 and social distancing guidelines. While the safety and well-being of the student athletes, university personnel and fans is our top priority, we remain hopeful that the 'granddaddy of them all' will take place on New Years Day, Eads said.

The only time the show did not happen was during the wartime yearsof1942, 1943 and 1945.

From CNNs Jenn Selva

Leanne Francis, a first-grade teacher at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, conducts an online class from her living room in San Francisco on March 20.
Leanne Francis, a first-grade teacher at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, conducts an online class from her living room in San Francisco on March 20. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Public school students in San Francisco will start the fall semester with classes completely online.

San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews said that after reviewing the best available evidence-based sources of guidance from health officials, and gathering input from staff, students, and families, we have determined that on August 17, 2020, our fall semester will begin with distance learning.

Some context: The San Francisco district is the seventh largest school district in California, with more than 57,000 students. The announcement follows both the Los Angeles and San Diego Unified School districts decision this week to also start the year with full remote learning. The three California school districts collectively enroll nearly 800,000 students.

Matthews said they hope to provide a gradual hybrid approach with both in-person and distance learning when it is safe to do so.

The health and safety of students and staff is paramount, he said.

From CNN's Homero De La Fuente

Jeffrey Phelps/AP
Jeffrey Phelps/AP

The National Football Leagues Green Bay Packers announced Wednesday the team will not allow fans to attend their 2020 home preseason games and training camp practices.

The tremendous support of cheering fans at Lambeau Field motivates all of us in the Packers organization,Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said in the statement.But after consulting with local health officials and reviewing League and CDC guidelines, we felt we needed to make this difficult decision. We will miss seeing so many of our fans, particularly the young ones, during this exciting time of year. We will continue to work on the protocols and logistics in the hope that we can welcome fans back to Lambeau Field for the regular season without jeopardizing the health of our players, team personnel and fans.

Murphy also encouraged Packers fans to wear masks and maintain social distance while away from Lambeau Field.

In addition the Packers said plans for regular season ticket holder attendance are being finalized, with details to be communicated in the near future and that season ticket holders have the option to opt in or opt out on the chance to reserve tickets. New policies and safety measures will be implemented for the games.

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

President Donald Trump speaks to the press outside the White House on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump speaks to the press outside the White House on Wednesday. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump said his trade adviser Peter Navarro made a misstep by publishing an op-ed critical of Dr. Anthony Fauci.

"He made a statement representing himself," Trump said when questioned about the article while departing the White House. "He shouldnt be doing that. I have a very good relationship with Anthony."

Earlier the White House said Navarro broke protocol by submitting his article without clearance from the communications office. The concerns he expressed in the article were similar to those distributed by the White House over the weekend when officials questioned Fauci's record to reporters. Trump has made similar comments.

Yet on Wednesday, he had only positive things to say about Fauci.

"Were all on the same team, including Dr. Fauci," Trump said on the South Lawn. "I have a very good relationship with Dr. Fauci."

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