Per Yashar Ali, Dr. Anthony Fauci is facing growing threats to his personal safety, prompting the government to step up his security.
He will be assigned a security detail by the US Marshals.
New: Dr. Anthony Fauci is facing growing threats to his personal safety, prompting the government to step up his security.
He will be assigned a security detail by the US Marshals. https://t.co/RYVC8vpA5j
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) April 2, 2020
The Hill reports Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the most visible figures on the White House coronavirus task force, has been given a security detail after receiving threats, a person familiar with the matter confirmed to The Hill.
Fauci did not directly answer when asked by The Hill at Wednesday’s press briefing if he’d been given additional protection, deferring the question to the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general.
A second person familiar with the situation said the additional security was under discussion last month and was likely implemented in recent days.
A spokeswoman for the HHS inspector general confirmed that agents are providing protection for Secretary Alex Azar, who is in the line of presidential succession, and other HHS officials, but would not specify whether that included Fauci.
President Trump interjected at the briefing to note that “everybody loves” Fauci and that he was a formidable basketball player in his younger days.
“He doesn’t need security. Everybody loves him,” Trump said. “Besides that, they’d be in big trouble if they ever attacked him.”
Fauci, the head of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, has expanded his public profile significantly as one of the faces of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response. He has appeared regularly at daily briefings, made numerous television appearances, and done interviews with NBA player Stephen Curry and Barstool Sports in an effort to reach a wide audience.