Unlike many other Republican lawmakers, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) defended White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Antony Fauci on Tuesday after he appeared at a virtual hearing with the Senate Health Committee, The Hill reported.
Cheney said on Twitter:
Dr. Fauci is one of the finest public servants we have ever had. He is not a partisan. His only interest is saving lives. We need his expertise and his judgment to defeat this virus. All Americans should be thanking him. Every day.
Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and has been in the media spotlight since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. He currently serves as a key member of the White House coronavirus task force.
Republican senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said that despite his respect for Fauci, he could not agree with his authority as the “end all” to decisions regarding the pandemic.
So I think we ought to have a little bit of humility in our belief that we know what’s best for the economy. I don’t think you’re the one person that gets to make a decision. We can listen to your advice, but there are people on the other side saying there’s not going to be a surge and that we can safely open the economy and the facts will bear this out.
In response, Fauci said that he never made himself step into that position.
I'm a scientist, a physician and a public health official. I give advice according to the best scientific evidence.
Fauci also warned the U.S. to not reopen the economy too fast, in case a second wave of the viral outbreak would be triggered and further prolong the recovery time.