Biden says as president he would keep Fauci

Biden says as president he would keep Fauci
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' Trump says he'll wear mask during upcoming trip to Walter Reed Latino group 'Mi Familia Vota' launches M voter turnout campaign targeting swing states MORE said Tuesday that if elected president he would try to keep the nation's top infectious disease expert, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciOvernight Health Care: Fauci says hard-hit states should be 'pausing' reopening | Florida records record number of coronavirus deaths | Redfield says keeping schools closed poses greater health threat to children than reopening Fauci: Partisanship in US has made it harder to suppress coronavirus Azar points to 'individual responsibility' as answer to mounting outbreaks MORE, as a member of the White House coronavirus task force.

In a tweet, Biden said he would immediately reach out to Fauci and ask him to stay on the job while taking an apparent shot at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us' Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Trump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' MORE by adding that he would "actually listen" to top health experts.

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Fauci has stressed COVID-19 precautions such as face masks and social distancing that are often at odds with Trump's own behavior and calls for a speedy economic reopening.

Speculation about the president's relationship with Fauci, seen as the public face of the White House's efforts against the coronavirus, has swirled for months after the president retweeted a supporter in April calling for the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to be removed.

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The White House has consistently denied that the president ever considered firing Fauci, even as the latter's public role has largely diminished over the last few months.

The president also pushed back against Fauci earlier this month after the doctor expressed concern about the possibility of the NFL going forward with the 2020 season.

"Tony Fauci has nothing to do with NFL Football," Trump wrote in a tweet. "They are planning a very safe and controlled opening. However, if they don’t stand for our National Anthem and our Great American Flag, I won’t be watching!!!"