DR ANTHONY Fauci has agreed to be Joe Biden's medical adviser "on the spot" as tensions between the top doc and Donald Trump mount over the transition.
The medical expert told the Today show on Friday that he accepted the president-elect's offer.
“Oh, absolutely,” Fauci said. “I said 'yes' right on the spot, yeah.”
The news comes just one day after Fauci met with the Biden team.
During an interview with CNN on Thursday, Biden confirmed that he had asked Fauci to stay in his current position.
He asked the doctor to stay in his administration "in the exact same role he’s had for the last several presidents."
Biden added that he also asked Fauci to be a "chief medical adviser" as well.
Biden's incoming chief of staff, Ronald Klain, reacted to the news of Fauci's appointment on Twitter.
Klain wrote: "There are few public servants in our history who have served as long and as well and with as much distinction at Dr. Tony Fauci."
"It will be a great honor to work with him again."
Fauci has become the most high-profile member of the White House task force in the months since the pandemic began, often clashing with Trump on how to protect Americans.
During an interview with CBS on Thursday, Fauci appeared to take a dig at the amount of time the transition from Donald Trump to Biden is taking.
"Having served six administrations, I've been through five transitions, and I know that transitions are really important if you want to get a smooth handing over of the responsibility," he said.
"I would have liked to have seen us getting involved with the team as early as we possibly can because we want the smooth transition to occur.
"Everyone believes that a smooth transition is certainly better than no transition."
Over the recent months, Fauci and Trump have had a heated relationship.
Speaking at a rally in Florida in November, Trump suggested he could axe Fauci after the crowd broke into a "Fire Fauci" chant.
After the chant's against the infectious disease expert broke out in Miami Opa-Locka airport, Trump replied: “Don’t tell anybody, but let me wait until a little bit after the election.
"I appreciate the advice, I appreciate it," Trump said – but Biden hit back at the president's remarks.
Speaking in a drive-in rally in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday, the former Vice President said: “Last night, Trump said he was going to fire Dr Fauci. Isn’t that wonderful.
“I got a better idea. Elect me and I’m gonna hire Dr. Fauci and we’re gonna fire Donald Trump!”
Fauci has served for more than three decades as the director of NIAID.
In October, Trump slammed the doctor, calling him "an idiot."
"People are saying whatever. Just leave us alone. They're tired of it. People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots…" Trump said, according to Politico.
Despite slamming the coronavirus expert, the president went on to say "Fauci is a nice guy" before saying "he's been here for 500 years."
Fauci previously said the Covid-19 crisis will "continue for some time" in his latest disagreement with Trump, who said it would "disappear."
Back in July, Fauci, CDC boss Robert Redfield and HHS Testing Czar Admiral Brett Giroir testified before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis in Washington DC.
“While it remains unclear how long the pandemic will last, COVID-19 activity will likely continue for some time," Fauci, Redfield and Giroir said.
"I do not believe that it will disappear. It is unlikely that it will disappear," Fauci told lawmakers after confirming that children are not immune to the deadly bug.
"I think there was such a diversity of response from different states that we didn't have a unified bringing [cases] down," he added.
In one of the most notable digs, Trump said Fauci's pitching as "more accurate than his prognostications."
Trump tweeted: "Actually, Tony's pitching arm is far more accurate than his prognostications. "No problem, no masks". WHO no longer likes Lockdowns – just came out against. Trump was right. We saved 2,000,000 USA lives!!!"
The president was referencing a viral video of the coronavirus doctor which circulated back in July of Fauci throwing a wayward first pitch at a Washington Nationals game.
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