After giving an update on the new jobs report, President Biden was asked "Do you have confidence in Dr. Fauci?"
As secret service personnel followed him quickly from the briefing room, Biden poked his head back into the room and said "Yes, I'm very confident in Dr. Fauci."
This comes as the voices shouting to "fire Fauci" have heated up online, with senators and congresspersons using the hashtag #FireFauci on Twitter to express their feeling that Fauci needs to resign or be terminated from his post.
This comes after the White House on Thursday also reiterated their support for Dr. Fauci. White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question about the administration's faith in the doctor.
"I think we've spoken to this pretty extensively from here," said Psaki. "Let me just say on Dr Fauci and his emails, he’s also spoken to this many times over the course of the last few days and we’ll let him speak for himself, and he's been an undeniable asset in our country's pandemic response."
"But it's obviously not that advantageous for me to re-litigate the substance of emails from 17 months ago. We’ve launched, based on the president’s direction, an entire internal review process to use all of the resources across government to get to the bottom of the origins," said Psaki, adding that at the end of the 90 day review they would provide more when that process was concluded.
Senator Josh Hawley has issued a statement demanding the resignation of Dr. Anthony Fauci. This comes in the wake of a cache of emails from the beleaguered COVID czar who worked under both the Trump and Biden administrations.
Hawley said that the "recently released emails" as well as the "investigative reporting" that has been done into the origins of COVID-19 are "shocking." As a result, he called on Fauci to resign and for a congressional investigation into the origins of the virus.
Hawley said that "the public deserves to know" if there were people who were actively working to halt an investigation into the origins of the virus that caused a global pandemic and plunged the US into an economic downturn.
President Joe Biden issued a statement last week announcing the 90 day review of the report issued earlier this month on the origins of COVID-19, of which the Intelligence Community has "coalesced around two likely scenarios" that include an infected animal or laboratory accident.
"I have now asked the Intelligence Community to redouble their efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion, and to report back to me in 90 days. As part of that report, I have asked for areas of further inquiry that may be required, including specific questions for China. I have also asked that this effort include work by our National Labs and other agencies of our government to augment the Intelligence Community’s efforts. And I have asked the Intelligence Community to keep Congress fully apprised of its work," the statement reads.