Deborah BirxDeborah BirxSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Birx says she regularly considered quitting Pence delivers coronavirus taskforce report to Biden MORE said in a new interview that she “always considered” withdrawing from the Coronavirus task force in the White House while she was President Trump was in the office.
Birx, who had previously served as public health roles in the George W. Bush and Obama administration, said on CBS ‘”Face the Nation” that colleagues often assumed she was co-signing a political agenda with her role as Coronavirus coordinator for the Whites. House.
“My colleagues, whom I had known for decades … decades in 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 anything that I think I can do that will be helpful in responding to this pandemic, and that is something I asked myself every night.”
Asked if she was considering quitting, Birx replied: “Always. I mean, why would you want to put yourself through it every day? ”
In an exclusive interview with @FaceTheNation Moderator @margbrennan, Dr. Deborah Birx, the former coordinator of President Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force, says she was weighing whether to stop.
“Always. I mean, why would you want to put yourself through it every day,” says Dr. Birx. Pic.twitter.com/a11AHqu3zI
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“I always wish I could have done more, been more open, maybe been more open in public. I did not know all the consequences of all these questions,” Birx said when asked about her biggest mistake in task force.
She also described her ongoing frustration over her perception that her guidance was being ignored.
“[W]when it became a point where I did not get anywhere and it was like just before the election, I wrote a very detailed communication plan about what was to happen the day after the election and how it was to be carried out, ”she said. “And there was a lot of promise that it would happen.”
Birx announced his retirement when President Biden took office last week. Another of the public faces for the public health response to the virus, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciAstraZeneca vaccine distribution begins in Brazil Biden and British Prime Minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during calls Sunday shows preview: All eyes on the Biden administration to tackle coronavirus MORE, remained in his position as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
– Updated at 9:01