In a preview for this Sunday’s Face the Nation, Margaret Brennan directly asked Birx, “Did you ever consider quitting?”

“Always,” Birx said. “I mean, why would you want to put yourself through that every day.”

“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. 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,” she continued.