(BLP) – Without hesitation, Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would not serve as the White House chief medical adviser if former President Donald Trump were to win the 2024 election.

Fauci was questioned about this possible scenario of the second term of Trump by CNN host Jim Acosta just yesterday – watch:

“If Trump were to return to the White House as president, and COVID is still a threat or there is some other public health emergency, would you have confidence in his ability — would you have confidence in his ability to deal with a pandemic of this nature?” asked Acosta. “Would you want to stay on in your post?”

Fauci, who is 81 years old, and has notably headed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, replied with laughter. “Well, no to the second question,” he said.

In response to Acosta’s first question, Fauci stated, “If you look at the history of what the [COVID-19] response was during the [Trump] administration, I think at best you could say it wasn’t optimal.”

“And I think just history will speak for itself about that,” he added.

Many are expecting a third Trump run for president in 2024. Especially as of late, with the former president chiming in on many current hot button issues like the Fox News network and its silence on 2020 election fraud.

Americans remember and hold many criticisms of the relationship between Fauci and Trump from early on in the pandemic when the White House task force held daily press briefings to inform the public about the administration’s response to the spread of COVID-19 in the US.

Fauci was and has since been critical of Trump’s early response to the virus. Perhaps most controversially, Fauci even downplayed the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment.

Trump also publicly mocked Fauci on multiple occasions, at one point calling him a “disaster.” The former president even hinted that he would fire Fauci if he were to be re-elected in 2020.

Fauci has also defended the current administration in its handling of the pandemic, even telling reporters soon after Biden’s inauguration: “I can tell you I take no pleasure at all in being in a situation of contradicting the president, so it was really something that you didn’t feel you could actually say something and there wouldn’t be any repercussions about it.”

“The idea that you can get up here and talk about what you know, what the evidence and science is, and know that’s it — let the science speak — it is somewhat of a liberating feeling,” he added.

Though Fauci made claims that retirement could be on the horizon, he changed his tune in March of this year because he wants to ensure the virus is “really out” of US before he moves on.

That goal, apparently, would get thrown out the window if Trump were to retake office.