Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said on Dec. 22 that she plans to retire. She declined to give a timeline.
A White House spokesperson didn’t respond to a request for comment by press time.
She told AP at the time: “I did not go to Delaware for the purpose of celebrating Thanksgiving.” She said they did share a meal while at the house during the roughly 50-hour visit.
Birx said everyone on the trip was part of her “immediate household,” even though they live in two different houses.
In her Dec. 22 interview, Brix said that her experience as a civil servant “has been a bit overwhelming.”
“I think what was done in the past week to my family ... they didn’t choose this for me,” she added.
Both health officials called on Americans not to travel for Thanksgiving.
On CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Nov. 29, in an interview from Delaware, Birx said some Americans had traveled to different states for Thanksgiving.
“Some people may have made mistakes over the Thanksgiving time period,” she said. “So if you’re young and you gathered, you need to be tested about 5 to 10 days later. But you need to assume that you’re infected and not go near your grandparents and aunts and others without a mask.”