Dr. Birx says she ‘always’ considered quitting Trump’s coronavirus task force

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Dr. Deborah Birx said she “always” considered quitting former President Donald Trump‘s coronavirus task force.

Birx was appointed by former President Barack Obama to be the administrator for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in 2014. She joined the Trump administration in March 2020 to assist in the effort to combat the coronavirus.

When asked if she had ever considered quitting, Birx responded, “Always. I mean, why would you want to put yourself through that every day?”

“Colleagues of mine that I had known for decades … decades in that one experience because I was in the White House, decided that I had become this political person, even though they had known me forever,” she said in an interview set to air on Sunday for Face the Nation.

“I had to ask myself every morning, ‘Is there something that I think I can do that would be helpful in responding to this pandemic?’ And it’s something I asked myself every night,” she said. “When it became a point where I wasn’t getting anywhere, and that was, like, right before the election, I wrote a very detailed communication plan of what needed to happen the day after the election and how that needed to be executed. And there was a lot of promise that that would happen.”

When asked if she knew that the election was a factor in communication about the virus, Birx said, “Yes,” adding that she never withheld information about the virus herself.

When asked on Friday whether Birx was a member of President Biden’s coronavirus response team, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said she would have to “circle back on that one.”

Birx is employed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention but said she “will need to retire probably within the next four to six weeks.”

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