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Fauci says he has not talked to Biden: He doesn't want to 'put me in a compromised position'

Fauci says he has not talked to Biden: He doesn't want to 'put me in a compromised position'
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Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci says he puts 'very little weight in the craziness of condemning me' Beware language and the art of manipulation The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay MORE, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said Wednesday that he has not spoken with President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenExpanding child tax credit could lift 4 million children out of poverty: analysis Maria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back MORE since he was projected the winner of the election, speculating the former vice president does not want to put him in a “compromised position” with respect to President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE.

"I have not been formally told that anything is forbidden," Fauci told USA Today's editorial board with regard to communications with the Biden team. “But it's quite obvious that this is a very sensitive period. I don't want to get into that."

"I have tried to the best of my ability to stay out of the political aspects and just focus on my role as a public health person, a physician and a scientist,” he added. “I believe that the Biden people including [chief of staff] Ron KlainRon Klain'It's still a BFD': Democrats applaud ruling upholding ObamaCare Vermont governor lifts restrictions as state becomes first to reach 80 percent vaccinated Biden's no-drama White House chief MORE understand that and don't want to put me in a compromised position."

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Fauci has served in his position since 1984, a period that has included five presidential transitions. However, Trump’s refusal to acknowledge the results of the election and his attacks on Fauci for contradicting him on the coronavirus pandemic have made the current transition period tenuous. 

Fauci told the newspaper that then-President Obama’s chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis Richard McDonoughVA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care The Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Overnight Defense: Supreme Court declines to hear suit challenging male-only draft | Drone refuels Navy fighter jet for the first time | NATO chief meets with Austin, Biden MORE arranged a meeting with his incoming successor Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusDemocrats claim vindication, GOP cries witch hunt as McGahn finally testifies Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet Governor races to test COVID-19 response, Trump influence MORE to discuss planning for a potential disease outbreak.

"That kind of thing makes it easier to just go from one to the other," Fauci told USA Today. "So yes, I wish we would be able to do that. That would be helpful."

The General Services Administration has refused to sign off on transition funds for the Biden team, which public health experts say are costing the incoming administration vital time in preparing to respond to the pandemic. In the meantime, the Biden team has moved forward with creating a 13-member coronavirus task force including former Surgeon General Vivek MurthyVivek MurthyThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? A full pandemic recovery demands mental health support Biden to appear on MSNBC before town hall on vaccines MORE.