Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser and former President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 task force head, ignored numerous questions from reporters Tuesday about his personal role in investigating the origins of COVID-19.
Fauci and Dr. Ashish Jha, Biden’s current top COVID-19 adviser, joined White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre at Tuesday’s briefing, Fauci’s final appearance in the briefing room before retiring next month.
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Fauci’s appearance Tuesday was ostensibly to urge Americans to get their updated COVID-19 booster shots, but the briefing quickly descended into chaos as reporters began pressing him on his personal role in investigating COVID’s origins.
At multiple points, Jean-Pierre began shouting down reporters for asking questions out of turn.
“We have a process here, I’m not calling on people who yell, and you’re being disrespectful to your colleagues and you’re being disrespectful to our guests,” she stated. “I will not call on you if you yell, and also you’re taking time off the clock because Dr. Fauci has to leave in a couple of minutes.”
At the tail end of his time in the briefing room, Fauci did answer one question about the incoming Republican House majority’s plans to investigate his handling of the pandemic.
Fauci noted that he has testified before Congress “hundreds of times” in the past and he would comply with Republican investigators if asked.
You can watch Tuesday’s briefing in full below.