Director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci was recently seen maskless at a Washington, D.C. book party. The party was for an ABC News reporter, Jonathan Karl, at Cafe Milano in DC.
Novelist Sally Quinn shared that Fauci planned to put on the mask if someone he didn’t know approached him. She said she told him he seemed pretty ambivalent regarding the mask, in which Fauci replied that if someone came up to him that he didn’t know, he would put on the mask.
Quinn noted that paparazzi were trying to grab some pics of the maskless COVID-19 advisor, who has made masking an important feature of his agenda. She said people have been trying to put the medical advisor in a “gotcha moment.”
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced that the mandate for masks would be lifted this week.
When asked for clarification on whether Fauci’s decision to go maskless aligned to the message he’s sending to Americans, the NIAID did not immediately respond.
Progressives and GOP members have both criticized Fauci for his inconsistencies throughout the pandemic.
Fauci was recently criticized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for his involvement in controversial animal experiments. They asked Fauci and all members of the NIH to resign.