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The 2020 campaign released on Saturday an ad that features White House coronavirus expert Dr. Anthony Fauci praising the president for his handling of the coronavirus. But the campaign took Fauci’s words out of context.
“I can’t imagine that…anybody could be doing more,” Fauci says in the 30-second ad. His line comes after a string of images and narration in support of President Donald ’s response to the coronavirus, appearing to imply that Fauci gave his stamp of approval as well.
“I’m down at the White House virtually every day with the task force,” Fauci said in the Fox News interview. “I’m connected by phone throughout the day and into the night and when I say night, I’m talking 12, 1, 2 in the morning. I’m not the only one. There’s a whole group of us that are doing that. It’s every single day. So I can’t imagine that under any circumstances that anybody could be doing more.”
Fauci told CNN that he had not consented to being featured in the ad and said his comments were taken out of context.
“In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate,” Fauci said. “The comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign ad were taken out of context from a broad statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal public health officials.”
The new ad comes with just weeks to go before the presidential election and also as recovers from the coronavirus. He had been hospitalized at the Walter Reed Medical Center for a few days before returning to the White House.
“President is recovering from the coronavirus, and so is America. And together, we rose to meet the challenge,” the ad says, right before Fauci delivers the out-of-context line. “Protecting our seniors, getting them life-saving drugs in record time, sparing no expense. President tackled the virus head on, as leaders should.”
Fauci and have often stood at odds on key issues related to the coronavirus. In August, Fauci said that the United States has seen surges in cases partly because the economy was shut down by about 50%, compared to Europe, which had almost fully shut down. vehemently disagreed with Fauci’s remarks.
“Wrong!” wrote in a tweet. “We have more cases because we have tested far more than any other country, 60,000,000. If we tested less, there would be less cases. How did Italy, France & Spain do? Now Europe sadly has flare ups. Most of our governors worked hard & smart. We will come back STRONG!”
The coronavirus has infected more than 7.7 million people in the United States, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Of that, more than 214,000 people have died.
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