He continued, “We are seeing an uptick in cases — higher than they’ve ever been. Many, many states that had been doing reasonably well are now showing upticks, that’s what we should be concentrating on.”

After calling “all of that other stuff” a “distraction,” Fauci later added, “I don’t want to get involved in that me against the president.”

He continued, saying the health and safety of the American people is “the only thing I really care about.”

“That other stuff, it’s like in ‘The Godfather’: Nothing personal, strictly business as far as I’m concerned. I just want to do my job and take care of the people of this country.”