Fauci angry about use of his statements in Trump | Abroad

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 it appear that he is praising the president. “I can’t imagine anyone could do more,” says Fauci in the ad.

But those comments come 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. “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 GOP 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. As Dr. Fauci recently testified in the Senate, President Trump has taken the virus seriously from the start, acted quickly and saved lives, ā€¯Murtaugh said.

Fauci and Trump have not always agreed on how to deal with the pandemic, which infected nearly 7.7 million people in the United States and killed 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, after which several attendees, including Trump, tested positive for the virus, as a “superspreader event.”

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