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Birx says she 'always' considered quitting Trump COVID-19 task force

Birx says she 'always' considered quitting Trump COVID-19 task force
© getty: White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Deborah Birx

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 said in a new interview that she “always considered” resigning from the White House coronavirus task force while President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE was in office.

Birx, who had previously served in public health roles in the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, said on CBS's "Face the Nation"  that colleagues frequently assumed she was co-signing a political agenda with her role as  White House coronavirus response coordinator.

“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 told host Margaret Brennan. “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."

Asked whether she considered quitting, Birx replied: “Always. I mean, why would you want to put yourself through that every day?”

"I always feel like I could have done more, been more outspoken, maybe been more outspoken publicly. I didn't know all the consequences of all of these issues," Birx said when asked about her biggest mistake on the task force.

She also described her ongoing frustration with her perception that her guidance was going ignored.

"[W]hen 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,” she said. “And there was a lot of promise that that would happen."

Birx announced her retirement as President Biden took office last week. Another of the public faces of the public health response to the virus, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciSunday shows preview: Manchin makes the rounds after pivotal role in coronavirus relief debate Overnight 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 MORE, remained in his position as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

--Updated at 9:01 a.m.