The clip seemed to show Dr. Fauci talked about President Trump, but he talked about himself
U.S. government lead scientist Anthony Fauci said an edited clip of his used in a Trump campaign ad was misleading.
It shows Dr. Fauci, as he says, he couldn’t imagine anyone could do more to fight Covid-19, suggesting that he is talking about President Trump.
Dr. However, Fauci spoke about himself and other medical officials.
The infectious disease expert previously argued with Mr Trump about how to deal with the pandemic.
“In my nearly five decades in the public service, I have never publicly supported a political candidate,” he said in a statement to the AFP news agency.
“The comments attributed to me on the GOP campaign ad without my permission have been taken out of the context of a comprehensive statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal health officials,” added Dr. Fauci added.
The 30-second ad campaign explains, “President Trump is recovering from coronavirus and America is too” before the clip of Dr. Fauci is played.
In the original recordings by Dr. However, Fauci, from the epidemiologist’s March interview with Fox News, he says, “I’ve devoted myself almost entirely to this topic. I’m with him on the task force practically every day in the White House. It’s every day. I can So under no circumstances imagine that anyone could do more. “
In response, Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said, “These are Dr. Fauci’s own words. The video is from a national television interview in which Dr. Fauci praised the work of the Trump administration. The words spoken are accurate and straight from Dr. Fauci’s mouth. “
President Trump also defended the clip’s use, tweeted, “These are indeed Dr. Fauci’s own words. We did a ‘phenomenal’ job, according to some governors.”
This comes days after Dr. Fauci criticized the White House for hosting a meeting last month linked to a Covid-19 outbreak.
He said the September 26 Rose Garden event, where President Trump’s candidate for the Supreme Court was presented, was a “superspreader event.” At least 11 people who attended later tested positive for the virus.
Mr Trump also tested positive on October 1 and was hospitalized with the virus for three days.
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But last week doctors cleared him up for public events, less than a month before he ran against Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the presidential election.
On Monday, the Trump campaign is planning a large rally in Sanford, Florida.
Mr Trump has been skeptical of measures like masks and barriers to combat the spread of Covid-19, which killed more than 213,000 people in the United States. He has discussed the prospect of vaccine availability, although researchers say it won’t be likely until next year at the earliest.
Polls suggest that Mr Biden has a single-digit lead over Mr Trump, and an ABC News / Ipsos poll found that only 35% of Americans agreed to Mr Trump’s management of the crisis.
Who has tested positive in Mr. Trump’s circle?
According to US media, 34 White House employees and other contacts have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past few days, many in connection with the September 26 event.
On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health announced that nine infections had been linked to Mr Trump’s September 18 rally in the state.
- Did this event cause a virus outbreak in the White House?
At least one person was contagious when they attended, officials say, and two cases have resulted in hospital admissions, with one of those people in intensive care.