Dr. Anthony Fauci has revealed that he has not given permission for the Trump campaign to appear in a new ad that appears to show his support for the president's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The nation's leading infectious disease expert spoke out on Sunday against a Trump commercial that aired last week after the president was released from hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.
The 30-second clip quotes Trump's personal experience with the virus before editing to a video of Fauci in which he apparently praised his response.
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The 30-second ad campaign includes a clip of Dr. Fauci (pictured), who appears to be praising Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic
President Trump (pictured with Faui in May) posted the ad last week after his three-day hospital stay after testing positive for COVID-19
"President Trump tackled the virus directly, as those responsible should do," the ad said.
Fauci is then shown saying, "I can't imagine anyone could do more," which gives the impression that he is referring to Trump.
The ad urges Americans to "live cautiously but not be afraid". This obviously relates to Trump's message last week and urges people not to be afraid of the virus.
Fauci, a senior member of the White House's coronavirus task force, confirmed that his words were taken out of context from a statement he made in March.
"In my nearly five decades in the public service, I have never publicly endorsed a political candidate," he said in a statement to CNN.
"The comments attributed to me on the GOP campaign ad without my permission have been taken out of the context of a broad statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal health officials."
Fauci's comments were made during an interview with Fox News in March when the doctor welcomed the task force's coordinated response as the deadly outbreak struck the country.
Trump has said he is "drug-free" but photos on Saturday showed him wearing plasters on the back of his right hand, suggesting a recent IV. He is pictured over Saturday
In a tweet shortly after the interview, Trump reiterated his approval from his doctors. "Full and complete clearance from White House doctors yesterday," he praised, claiming he could not give or give the virus to anyone
The full clip shows Fauci as he says: “I've devoted myself almost entirely to this topic. I'm with the White House task force almost every day.
& # 39; It's every day. So under no circumstances can I imagine that anyone could do more. & # 39;
The Trump campaign on Sunday responded to Fauci's remarks, claiming the ad was "correct".
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 spoken words are correct and straight from Dr. Fauci's mouth, ”said communications director Tim Murtaugh.
As a senior member of the White House task force on the coronavirus, the 79-year-old doctor often had to walk a fine line to clarify or correct the president's often careless claims about the disease or the treatments and vaccines being developed against Covid-19.
Fauci has at times incited Trump's anger when the president retweeted a message with the hashtag #FireFauci in April – before publicly insisting that the doctor was doing a great job.
Trump has been widely criticized for his response to the coronavirus pandemic, which so far has killed more than 214,000 Americans – the highest death toll in the world for the virus.
Last week, the president was also criticized for downplaying the deadly disease after claiming he felt "great" and telling Americans not to be afraid of the virus after returning from a three-day stay at Walter Reed Medical Center had returned home.
Earlier on Sunday, ten days after testing positive, Trump announced he had been cured of COVID-19 and claimed he now had "protective glow" due to his alleged new "immunity" to the virus.
"Once you've recovered, you're immune," Trump said in a telephone interview with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures. "Now you have a president who is immune."
Moments after the interview, he tweeted, "Yesterday a complete and complete de-registration from the White House doctors. That means I can't get it (immune) and can't give it. Nice to know! & # 39;
Twitter marked the tweets as "misleading" – which the social media site did in several other posts from the president over the past year.
The disclaimer stated that Trump violated his company's rules for spreading potentially harmful information related to the virus and the pandemic.
The disclaimer now permanently attached to the post reads: 'This tweet violated Twitter's rules for spreading misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public interest that the tweet remain available. & # 39;
Additionally, users are encouraged to have a “Find More Information” link that points to a page titled “How to Find Reliable Information” on COVID-19.
Trump said he met the "highest standards" to show he no longer has coronavirus as questions surfaced after a note from his doctor failed to specifically say whether he has tested negative since his diagnosis.
“As you know, the White House doctors are the best. And they said completely free from spread, ”Trump said.
"So now you have a president who doesn't have to hide in his basement," he added, reiterating his criticism of Joe Biden, who was largely involved in a television studio in the basement in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
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