While at a book party for ABC News Reporter Jonathan Karl on Tuesday night, White House chief medical advisor and National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci was spotted maskless.
The party took place in Washington, D.C., which still has a strict mask mandate. That night, author Sally Quinn asked Fauci why his mask was in his hand rather than on his face.
Quinn told Politico, “I said, ‘You seem pretty ambivalent about your mask’ because no one else was wearing one. He said, ‘I just decided that if anyone came up that I didn’t know, I would put my mask on.’” Quinn added, “He was being safe. He knew everyone was vaccinated. If it was someone we knew, he would trust them, and if it was somebody else, he didn’t.”
According to Quinn, “paparazzi” were trying to snap pictures of Fauci without a mask on as he has made masking a key point during his time in the White House.
Fauci is not the only prominent figure in the city to go against district guidance. D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser instituted a mask mandate in August, but she was also caught less than 24 hours later violating the policy while officiating an indoor wedding. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) were seen maskless at a bar in D.C., on Tuesday
Fauci has also been under fire from liberals and conservatives over his policies, which many feel have been inconsistent since the onset of the pandemic last year. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the generally left-leaning animal rights organization, called on Fauci to resign from his position after it was revealed that his agency was involved in controversial animal experiments.
PETA tweeted earlier this month: “Our position is clear. ALL those in leadership at NIH, including Fauci, should resign.” A White Coat Waste report alleged that over $400,000 in taxpayer money was spent on experiments that involved giving an experimental drug to beagles, then infesting them with disease-carrying flies.
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