Top American infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Sunday that he has not agreed to appear in President Donald Trump’s election campaign. His statements used in it have also been taken out of context, he says.
The Republicans’ ad released last week discusses Trump’s attempt to recover personally from the coronavirus and his administration’s work to address the pandemic. The message uses Fauci’s older comments in a way that makes him praise the president and his approach. “I can’t imagine anyone could do more,” said Fauci in the ad.
But that comment comes from a March interview where the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) discussed the broader effort of the White House coronavirus task force, among others. So he wasn’t specifically talking about Trump. “In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly supported a political candidate,” Fauci said in a statement.
“The comments attributed to me in the Republican campaign ad without my consent were taken out of context from a broad statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal public health officials,” his statement added.
Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh defended the election spot on Sunday in a statement, saying Fauci’s words are “ correct, and straight from Dr. Fauci come. As Dr. Fauci recently testified in the Senate, President Trump has taken the virus seriously from the start, acted quickly and saved lives, ” Murtaugh said.
Fauci and Trump did not always agree on how to deal with the pandemic, which infected nearly 7.7 million people in the United States and cost more than 214,000 people. Opinion polls show that most voters disapprove of the president’s approach to the corona crisis.
On Friday, Fauci described an event at the White House on Sept. 26 as a “ superspreader event. ” Following this meeting in honor of Conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Trump and his wife Melania, among others, tested positive for Covid-19.
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