WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump generated new questions about the fate of his anti-coronavirus policy team by retweeting a post that called for firing Anthony Fauci.
Trump did not explicitly endorse the call to remove Fauci in his tweet Sunday, but in recirculating it, he defended himself against claims he did not act quickly enough to curb the spread of the virus that has killed almost 23,000 Americans and led to a near-shutdown of the American economy.
DeAnna Lorraine, a pro-Trump congressional candidate who polled less than 2% in an open primary challenge to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., claimed in a tweet, "Fauci is now saying that had Trump listened to the medical experts earlier he could've saved more lives. Fauci was telling people on February 29th that there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US public at large."
She added, "Time to #FireFauci..."
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley derided the speculation over Trump's retweet as "media chatter" and said it was "ridiculous." He said, "President Trump is not firing Dr. Fauci" but defending himself against what he considers unfair attacks on his coronavirus response.
"Dr. Fauci has been and remains a trusted adviser to President Trump," Gidley said.