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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 BidenDemocrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation Trump campaign eyes election night party at his sold-out DC hotel Harris blasts GOP for confirming Amy Coney Barrett: 'We won't forget this' MORE said Tuesday that if elected president he would try to keep the nation's top infectious disease expert, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci on latest surge: 'No matter how you look at it, it's not good news' Trump federal salary adviser resigns over order stripping worker protections White House to host swearing-in event for Barrett on Monday night 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 admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote 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!!!"