Dr. Anthony Fauci is on track to receive the largest retirement package in U.S. government history. Fauci – who has worked for the federal government for 55 years – is set to make a lucrative annual pension of at least $350,000, according to a new report.
Forbes reported, "Our auditors at OpenTheBooks.com estimate Dr. Fauci’s annual retirement would exceed $350,000. Thereafter, his pension and benefits would continue to increase through annual cost-of-living adjustments."
Fauci – the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases – was reportedly the highest-paid government employee for the past two years. Fauci raked in a reported 2020 salary of $434,312, out-earning the president of the United States. Fauci pulled in an annual salary of $417,608 in 2019, according to OpenTheBooks.com. Fauci has purportedly been paid at least $335,000 by the government every year since 2007.
"Anthony S. Fauci's 2020 pay is 73% higher than the average medical officer across all agencies," according to FederalPay.org.
Fauci – who turned 81-years-old on Christmas Eve – asserted this month that he will not retire until the end of the pandemic.
On Dec. 19, Fauci appeared on ABC's "This Week," where host Jonathan Karl lauded the NIAID head as "one of the hardest working human beings in America."
"First of all, thank you for your service," Karl glowingly hailed Fauci. "But let me ask you. Do you feel a responsibility to stay doing what you’re doing until this -- until this has truly gotten under control?"
Fauci responded, "Absolutely, Jon. There's no doubt about it. This is the thing that I do. This is what I’ve been trained and experienced in doing my entire professional life."
"There's no way I’m going to walk away from this until we get this under control. I mean, that's the purpose of what we do," Fauci continued. "That's – that's our mission in life. In the middle of it, I’m not going to walk away."
Fauci then compared the pandemic to a "war."
"It's kind of like we're halfway through World War II, and you decide, 'Well, I think I’ve had enough of this. I’m walking away,'" Fauci proclaimed. "You can't do that. You've got to finish it – and we're going to finish this and get back to normal."
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