Anthony Fawcett, a top U.S. government scientist, says an edited clip he used in a Trump campaign ad is misleading.
In it, Dr. Fawcett shows that he can’t think “anyone can do more” to fight Covid-19, suggesting that he’s talking about President Trump.
However, Dr. Fawcett was talking about himself and other medical officials.
Infectious disease experts have previously clashed with Mr Trump over how to manage the epidemic.
“In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly supported any political candidate,” he said in a statement sent to AFP.
Dr. Fawcett added, “The comments I received without my permission in the advertisement for the GOP campaign have taken the context of the detailed statement that federal public health officials made a few months ago about the effort.” “
The 30-second campaign ad announced that President Trump was recovering from a coronavirus before playing Dr. Fawcett’s clip, and so was America.
However, in the original footage of Dr. Foss, the epidemiologist interviewed by Folk News in March, he said: “I’ve been in the White House almost every day. I’ve been in the White House almost every day. The Task Force. Anyone can do more. “
In response, Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtoff said: “These are Dr. Fawcett’s own words. The video is of a nationally broadcast television interview in which Dr. Fawcett praises the work of the Trump administration.
President Trump Also protect the use of clipsTweeted: “These are actually Dr. Fassi’s own words. According to certain governors, we have done an ‘unprecedented’ job.”
Dr. Fawcett came just days after criticizing the White House for holding a White House meeting last month that was linked to the Kovid-19 outbreak.
He said the Rose Garden event held on September 26 to unveil President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee was a “superspreader event.” At least 11 people who appeared later tested positive for the virus.
Mr. Trump also tested positive on Oct. 1 and was hospitalized for three days with the virus.
But doctors cleared him for a public meeting less than a month before he faced Democratic candidate Joe Biden in last week’s presidential election.
Trump’s campaign on Monday is planning a massive rally in Sanford, Florida.
Mr. Trump has expressed skepticism about the national crackdown on the spread of Covid-19, which has killed more than 213,000 people in the United States. He talks about the possibility of a vaccine becoming available, although researchers say it is unlikely to happen soon before next year.
The poll found that Mr Biden led Mr Trump to a single figure, and an ABC News / Ipsos poll found that only 35% of Americans agreed on how Mr Trump handled the crisis.
Who has tested positive in Mr. Trump’s circle?
According to U.S. media, 34 White House colleagues and other acquaintances have tested positive for Covid-19 in recent days, many of them involved in the September 2 event.
On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health reported nine outbreaks during a Sept. 18 campaign rally in Mr. Trump’s state.
- Did this White House event cause a virus outbreak?
Officials say at least one person was infected when they joined and were hospitalized in two cases, one of whom is in intensive care.
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