“Colleagues of mine that I had known for decades — decades — in that one experience, because I was in the White House, decided that I had become this political person, even though they had known me forever,” she said. “I had to ask myself every morning: Is there something that I think I can do that would be helpful in responding to this pandemic? And it’s something I asked myself every night.”
When asked whether she had ever considered quitting, she replied, “Always.”
Birx acknowledged during the interview that she knew the election outcome would be a factor in the administration’s communication about the pandemic.
“When it became a point where I could — I wasn’t getting anywhere and that was like right before the election, I wrote a very detailed communication plan of what needed to happen the day after the election and how that needed to be executed. And there was a lot of promise that that would happen,” she said, adding that she had never withheld information herself.
In December, Birx told Newsy that she would assist in the transition to the Biden administration and would “be helpful in any role that people think I can be helpful in, and then I will retire.”