President Donald Trump does not have immediate plans to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House said on Monday.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley was forced to issue a statement clarifying Fauci's job security after the president retweeted a call to fire the infectious disease expert.
Trump "is not firing Dr. Fauci," Gidley insisted. "Dr. Fauci has been and remains a trusted advisor to President Trump."
In his statement, Gidley blamed the media for "chatter" about Fauci's future.
Read the statement below.
NEWS: .@hogangidley45 says Trump "is not firing Dr. Fauci" despite POTUS retweeting a tweet that concluded "Time to… https://t.co/mXwTbynye0— Alayna Treene (@Alayna Treene)1586799201.0