‘He is not firing Dr. Fauci’: White House scrambles to repair damage after Trump retweets #FireFauci
Donald Trump speaks from the Cabinet Room at the White House (C-SPAN/screen grab)

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.