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US governor says ‘little elf’ Fauci should be ‘chucked across the Potomac’ — Analysis

Florida’s governor slammed the White House Covid czar after he announced plans to step down

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responded to Anthony Fauci’s announcement that Anthony Fauci would be leaving at the end the year. The White House adviser was called a “little elf” while suggesting somebody should toss him into DC’s Potomac River.

Speaking at a ‘Keep Florida Free’ event on Wednesday as he campaigns for reelection, DeSantis tore into the outgoing Covid czar, saying he’s “just sick of seeing him.”

“I know he says he’s going to retire. Someone needs to grab that little elf and chuck him across the Potomac,”“The Republican governor spoke out, drawing loud applause from the crowd.

Fauci, who has long served as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has taken prominent positions in both the Donald Trump and Joe Biden administrations, effectively becoming the face of the White House’s Covid response.

However, the official stated Monday that he will resign from his position at NIAID, and leave the Biden Administration in December. He noted however, that he wouldn’t be. “retiring,”But rather “moving on”From his current position.

Fauci has drawn heated criticism from Republicans and conservative critics throughout the pandemic, with many slamming his policy advice for officials, while others have pointed to potentially dangerous coronavirus research funded by Fauci’s agency before the global Covid outbreak. Although Fauci insists that all funding went through proper channels and was approved, Rand Paul, a Republican Senator from Kentucky, has pledged to investigate NIAID in particular and Fauci, and called for a “full-throated investigation into the origins of the pandemic”This week, earlier.

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