White House medical advisor Anthony Fauci should not be allowed to act as a ‘dictator-in-chief’, Sen. Rand Paul said
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Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has proposed an amendment that would remove chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci from his role at the top of the public health pyramid. On Monday, the senator, who is also a trained physician, revealed a plan to split Fauci’s role as the head of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) into three roles run by separate directors.
“This will create accountability and oversight into a taxpayer funded position that has largely abused its power, and has been responsible for many failures and misinformation during the Covid-19 pandemic,” Paul wrote in a Fox News op-ed.
“We’ve learned a lot over the past two years,” the senator wrote, adding that the main lesson is that “no one person should be deemed ‘dictator-in-chief’.” His measure, Paul said, would “finally force accountability and fire Dr. Fauci.”
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Under Paul’s plan, the three smaller national research institutes would be the National Institute of Allergic Diseases, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, and the National Institute of Immunologic diseases – and each would have their own director.
To prevent abuses of power, those directors would be appointed by the president and serve out a five-year term.
Paul tore into Fauci personally in the oped, saying that in all his years studying and practicing medicine, he has never encountered someone with the gall to proclaim himself “the science” and portray anyone opposing him as “attacking science.”
Fauci is the highest-paid US government employee whose salary is furnished by taxpayers, taking home a whopping $417,608 in 2019, according to Forbes. He and his wife also held over $10.4 million in investments at the end of 2020, financial disclosures revealed.