Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading expert on infectious diseases, says the president’s unauthorized use of his comments in campaign advertisements is a form of harassment. “By doing this against my will, they are actually harassing me,” he told The Daily Beast in a report released Monday.
Fauci also said he believed the approach could backfire and hurt the chances of re-electing President Trump. “By doing this against my will, they are actually harassing me,” he said. “Because the ads in the campaigns are for votes, harassing me can have the opposite effect of excluding some voters.”
The 30-second ad from Mr Trump’s re-election campaign praised the president’s work on the coronavirus and included an edited video of Fauci, which allegedly said “I can’t imagine that … anyone can do more”, appearing to mention how Mr. Trump is addressing the pandemic.
Fauci said on Sunday that the comment was out of context and was used without his permission.
“In almost five decades in public service, I have never publicly endorsed a single political candidate. The comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign advertisement were taken out of context by a broad statement I made months ago on federal efforts. public health officials, “Fauzi said in a statement to CNN.
He told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday that the campaign’s decision to use his comments was “very disappointing.”
“It is so clear that I am not a political person. I have never directly or indirectly approved a political candidate,” he said. “To take a statement completely out of context and put it, which is obviously an advertisement for a political campaign, I thought it was really very disappointing.”
Despite the public rejection of the ad by Fauci, Tapper said he had learned that Trump’s campaign planned to include him in another promotion. “It would be awful. It would be outrageous if they did,” Fauzi said in response to the news, adding: “Actually, it could actually affect them. I hope they don’t because it would be something like a game that we don’t want to play … I hope they rethink that and don’t. “
During the same interview, Fautsi also commented that he said the president’s rallies “wanted problems”.
Mr Trump held a one-hour rally in Sanford, Florida, on Monday, his first White House trip since being diagnosed with COVID-19. The president joked that he felt so “powerful” and “immunized” that he could “kiss” everyone in the audience.
“I’ve been through this. Now they say I’m immunized,” he said. “I feel so powerful that I’m going to enter this audience. I’m going to go in there, I’m going to kiss everyone in this audience. I’m going to kiss the boys and the beautiful woman and … I’m just going to give you a big fat kiss.” Despite CDC guidelines, CBS Miami reports that Trump supporters were not distant and many were not facing.
CBS News spoke with some of the supporters who spent hours in line for the presidential rally. Bill Cherelli of Tampa, when asked about the White House’s COVID-19 protocols and the big rallies, said with a shrug, “Looks like they’ve all been tested. It’s an invisible plague. I’m not sure how much more you can do.”
Fauci said that “purely in the context of public health” holding rallies that bring together thousands of supporters, who often ignore the mask and guidelines for social distancing, is dangerous.
“We’ve seen that when you have general settings situations where there are a lot of people without masks, the data speaks for itself,” he said. “… And now is an even worse time to do that, because when you look at what’s going on in the United States, it’s really very disturbing.”
President Trump tweeted Fauchy on Tuesday: “Actually, Tony’s hand is much more accurate than his predictions.” No problem, no masks. “Who doesn’t like Lockdown anymore – just went against it. Trump was right. We saved 2,000,000 US lives !!!”
There are cases of coronavirusand only three see fewer cases. Today, the country sees approximately twice as many new cases than in early April.
In particular, the Midwest has been hit in recent weeks; but there are also exacerbations in the northeast, where the average daily cases have increased by nearly 40% in the last month. The average daily death toll is rising in 10 countries from two weeks ago, and the nation sees nearly 50,000 new deaths a day.
“It’s going in the wrong direction right now,” Fauci said of the wave. “So if there’s one thing we need to do, we need to redouble the implementation of the public health measures we’ve been talking about for so long. Which are: Keeping your distance, without crowds, wearing masks, washing your hands, doing of things outside, as opposed to inside. “
“We’re entering the cool months of autumn and eventually the cold months of winter, and it’s just a recipe for a real problem if we don’t take things under control before embarking on this seasonal challenge.”
Nicole Sganga contributed to this report.