The White House responded to rumors that infectious disease expert Dr. Deborah Birx may be planning to quit the White House coronavirus task force, declaring the story is “false.”
CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta claimed that “sources familiar with her thinking” claimed that Birx is “unhappy” in the White House and uncertain “how much longer she can serve in her position.”
Acosta claimed that Birx is “distressed” with the “direction of the task force,” especially after the recent addition of Dr. Scott Atlas to the committee.
Alyssa Farah, White House communications director, quickly destroyed the anonymous claim, revealing that Birx has rejected the notion that she’s dissatisfied with her role on the task force.
“I spoke to Dr. Birx, this story is false. But more importantly: it’s 2020. She’s not some ‘distressed’ damsel. She’s a highly qualified public health official, Ambassador, unflappable leader of the Task Force, & she’s tough as nails,” Farah tweeted on Wednesday.
Acosta himself admitted in the report that Birx never responded to his request for a comment on the rumors, further solidifying the claim’s status as a malicious rumor.