Under Donald Trump, public health officials were often frustrated with a president who contradicted his own health experts’ guidelines and research on the virus. Anthony Fauci, the government’s foremost infectious disease expert and one of the foremost members of the White House’s Covid Response Team, said he felt liberated after President Joe Biden took office.
During her interview with Brennan, Birx admitted that Covid administration news was shaped by Trump’s 2020 election politics, but denied ever withholding information from the public.
Birx joined the Trump administration’s Covid Response Team after serving as the US leader in the fight against global HIV and AIDS under President Barack Obama. Her time at the Trump White House made her a household name as she, along with Fauci, was the government’s public face on the crisis.
Birx announced last month that she would be stepping down from her position after supporting Biden’s transition to the White House. During her interview with Brennan, Birx made it clear that her retirement would likely come within the next four to six weeks.
Her retirement announcement last month appeared to be fraught with public outcry after The Associated Press reported that she had traveled to family properties in Delaware with three generations of relatives during the Thanksgiving season. Although Birx said everyone was in her immediate household and that the trip was for property maintenance rather than the celebration of the holidays, she came under fire for flaunting Covid guidelines for distancing millions of Americans because of the Pandemic skipped the celebrations.
Birx said at the time that the experience was “a bit overwhelming” and “difficult” for her family.
“You know, they didn’t choose that for me. They tried to provide support. But to get my family to do this, if my daughter hasn’t left the house for 10 months, my parents have been isolated for 10 months,” Birx said in an interview with Newsy last month, “You have become deeply depressed.”