White House wishes Birx well after she announces retirement

White House wishes Birx well after she announces retirement
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The White House wished coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah BirxDeborah BirxFauci defends Birx: 'She had to live in the White House' CNN's Brianna Keilar calls out Birx 'apology tour' Biden to name nurse as acting surgeon general: report MORE well after she announced her plans to retire on Tuesday.

“President @realDonaldTrump has great respect for Dr. Birx and likes her very much. We wish her well,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted on Tuesday.


Birx was brought on to serve as coordinator of the task force in March, and was often present alongside other health officials at regular briefings until they were largely stopped in May.

In an interview with Newsy on Tuesday, Birx said she would help President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Ex-Trump appointee arrested in Capitol riot complains he won't be able to sleep in jail Biden helps broker Senate deal on unemployment benefits MORE’s administration “for a period of time,” but that she wanted to retire.

She said her experience on the White House coronavirus task force was overwhelming, adding that she regretted her family members being “dragged into it.”

The Associated Press reported that Birx traveled with members of her family to Delaware over the Thanksgiving holiday despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending against travel.  Birx said she traveled to winterize a property and sell it.

Biden has not said whether he wants Birx to have a role on his coronavirus team when he takes office next month. He has asked Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Defense: White House open to reforming war powers | Army base might house migrant children | Fauci scolds military on vaccine Overnight Health Care: CDC study links masks to fewer COVID-19 deaths | Relief debate stalls in Senate | Biden faces criticism over push to vaccinate teachers Watch live: White House coronavirus response team holds briefing MORE, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, to serve as chief medical adviser.