Fauci requests security for daughters as family gets death threats
The White House health advisor had to hire beefed-up security to protect his family.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says he and his family continue to receive death threats over his public statements about combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Wednesday that he had to hire beefed-up security to protect his family. The White House health advisor and his wife, bioethicist Dr. Christine Grady, have three adult daughters who are catching heat over their father’s work.
Speaking to CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta in an interview organized by Harvard’s School of Public Health, Fauci said the coronavirus crisis is bringing “out the best of people and the worst of people.”
Fauci and President Donald Trump have had their share of public disagreements regarding the pandemic. The potentially deadly virus has infected roughly 4.8 million people in the U.S., per CNBC.
The White House has made extra efforts to discredit Fauci’s work, which he finds “bizarre,” theGRIO previously reported.
“I just want to do my job. I’m really good at it. I think I can contribute. And I’m going to keep doing it,” Fauci told The Atlantic. He also noted that the country can get to a better place with the right procedures.
“By pushing a reset button, I don’t mean everybody locking down again. We’ve got to call a time-out and say, “If you’re going to open, we’ve got to get everybody on the same team.” I’m not going to name any states—that’s not helpful—but some states did, in fact, prematurely jump over some checkpoints,” he said when asked about a solution.
Since early April, Fauci has required a security team to protect him and his family after they started being harassed over his opinions on how to best contain the coronavirus.
“I wouldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams that people who object to things that are pure public health principles are so set against it and don’t like what you and I say, namely in the world of science, that they actually threaten you,” Fauci explained to Dr. Gupta. .
“I mean, that to me is just strange,” he added.
“Getting death threats for me and my family and harassing my daughters to the point where I have to get security is just, I mean, it’s amazing. I wish that they did not have to go through that,” Dr. Fauci shared.
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