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Director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Antoine Fauci was reportedly seen without a mask inside at a book party in Washington, DC
Fauci was spotted with his face bare on Tuesday as he attended a book party for ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl at DC Cafe Milano’s upscale Italian cafe, Politico reported. The outlet noted that Fauci would wear or remove the mask depending on who was around him.
Novelist Sally Quinn – who once wrote an erotic novel starring a character inspired by Fauci – told the outlet that the NIAID director said he plans to put on the mask if someone he “didn’t know. not ”approached him.
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“I said, ‘You seem pretty ambivalent about your mask’ because nobody else was wearing one, ‘Quinn said. Politics. “He said, ‘I just decided that if someone happens that I don’t know, I’ll put on my mask.'”
Quinn also noted that the “paparazzi” were trying to take a few choices from the presidential adviser without a COVID-19 mask – who made masking a key feature of his tenure at the agency during the pandemic – to get a “fishing moment” by Fauci.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced that the city-wide mask term will end next Monday.
NIAID did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on whether Fauci was going maskless to align with the message he is sending to Americans.
Fauci has been criticized by conservatives and liberals for his policies, which have been relatively inconsistent since the start of the pandemic.
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Even People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the notoriously liberal animal rights organization, called on Fauci to step down from his post due to his agency’s reported involvement in controversial animal experiments.
“Our position is clear. ALL NIH leaders, including Fauci, should step down,” PETA tweeted earlier this month.
The tweet came after a White Coat Waste report claimed more than $ 400,000 in public funds had been spent on experiments involving beagles given an investigational drug and then infested with disease-carrying flies. Fox News has not independently verified whether these experiments took place. The NIH provided a statement to Fox News about the report in October. This statement did not deny that these types of experiments took place or that the NIH funded them.
Fox News’s Adam Sabes contributed reporting.