The White House released a statement Monday shutting down the mainstream “ridiculous” media reports alleging that the President is considering firing Coronavirus Task Force member and Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying the story is completely false and that the President has no plans to fire him.
Here is the statement:
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) April 13, 2020
The President retweeted a tweet on Thursday from DeAnna Lorraine, a former Republican congressional candidate who attempted to unseat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who argued that it’s “Time to #FireFauci” over criticism that Trump didn’t act early enough to mitigate the spread if the coronavirus.
Trump, however, didn’t acknowledge Lorraine’s call to fire the doctor and merely slammed the criticism against his actions in combating the virus, “Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up. Thank you @OAN.”
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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.
Folks, vaccination requirements work. pic.twitter.com/XuBsOQxGaN— President Biden (@POTUS) October 9, 2021
Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”
Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.
Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”
Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.
You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.
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