Fauci declined to comment when asked at Wednesday’s press briefing about whether he was receiving security protection, referring questions to the HHS Office of Inspector General, which provides regular security to Azar and other senior officials as needed. “I cannot confirm, at this time, that we are providing such services for Dr. Fauci,” said Tesia Williams, an OIG spokesperson.
The Washington Post first reported that Fauci was receiving a security detail.
Some of Trump’s most zealous far-right supporters have targeted Fauci online, arguing that he’s worked to undermine Trump by publicly disagreeing with the president, and have begun spreading conspiracy theories about Fauci’s role.
Sarah Owermohle contributed to this story.