Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will obtain a security detail amid heightened threats to his security, according to several reports.
The 79-year-old doctor was one of the most prominent members of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus, earning praise and spurring the creation of fan-made paraphernalia from donuts to bobbleheads.
The higher profile has also caused online threats, the Washington Post reported. In response to threats against Fauci, the Department of Health and Human Services and the US Marshals Service posted agents at HHS to protect him, according to the Post.
The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal also reported details of the security, citing unknown officials familiar with the matter.
The extent of the threats was not immediately clear, Fauci drew criticism from some of Trump’s most staunch supporters allies online after some say he contradicted the president.
Frankly In an interview with Science Magazine in mid-March, Fauci said that he and Trump “did not agree on some things”, but “that he listens. He follows his own path. He has his own style. ”
Among other issues, Fauci lowered expectations about potential treatments for the coronavirus and expressed discomfort with the use of the “Chinse virus” to describe it.
Trump thanked Fauci in a March 24 tweet, sharing a clip from an interview with him on Fox News and commenting, “Thank you Tony! “
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Fauci declined to comment on security details during a coronavirus task force briefing on Wednesday, telling reporters: “Everything that has to do with security details, I should ask you to refer this question to HHS Inspector General rather than my response. this.
President Donald Trump then intervened, noting that Fauci was a basketball player and saying, “He doesn’t need security. Everyone loves him. Besides, they would be in big trouble if they ever attacked. “
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