US President Donald Trump rejected a report on Sunday that he was considering firing health secretary Alex Hazard over increasing criticism of the US response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump threatened to lose public support as a result of the rising death toll in the November elections, which attacked reports from CNN and other media outlets.
“Reports that H.H.S. Secretary Alex Azar is going to be ‘fired’ by me are Fake News,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
“They are desperate to create the perception of chaos & havoc in the minds of the public.”
Trump renewed his attacks on Fox News, which he targets when its generally supportive broadcasting veers into criticism.
“No respect for the people running @FoxNews. But Fox keeps on plugging to try and become politically correct,” he said.
“The people who are watching @FoxNews… are angry. They want an alternative now. So do I!”
In media reports, he threatened to file separate lawsuits and asked the “Noble Committee” to withdraw the awards, on the basis of a mention of the Nobel Prize in the no news category.
After Trump hinted that the patient might have been injected with a disinfectant to kill the infection, he appears to have stopped his daily TV briefing.
He later claimed he had been speaking “sarcastically.”
More than 54,000 Americans died from the new coronavirus.