Fauci’s latest comments came a day after he told CNN that he did not agree to be included in the new Trump team’s ad and that his words were taken out of context.
“It’s so clear I’m not a political person,” the country’s leading infectious disease expert told CNN’s Jake Tapper on The Lead.
“And I have never – neither directly nor indirectly – approved a political candidate. And to take a completely out-of-context statement and put it, which is obviously an advertisement for a political campaign, I thought was really very disappointing.”
“President Trump is recovering from the coronavirus, and so is America,”
The ad then flashes to an interview with Fauci, in which he says, “I can’t imagine anyone doing more.”
But Fauci told CNN in a statement Sunday that “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 about the efforts of federal public health officials.”
In response to Fauci, who said the ad took his words out of context, Trump’s communications director Tim Murtaugh said: “These are Dr. Fauci’s own words. The video is from a national television interview in which Dr. Fauci praises the work of the Trump administration. The words spoken are accurate and directly from Dr. Fautsi. “
Asked Monday about the possibility of being included in future Trump campaign ads, Fauci said, “That would be awful.”
“I hope they don’t, because it would be something like a game we don’t want to play,” he said.
The ad comes with an aggressive campaign by President Donald Trump at a time when his re-election is lagging behind in national opinion polls and in a number of key swing states less than four weeks before election day.
And although the White House doctor declined to say when the president’s last negative test took place, the campaign scheduled a series of personal rallies in the coming days.
“Put aside all questions about the political implications of a rally and just put it aside and look at it purely in the context of public health. We know that it requires problems when you do it. We’ve seen it when you have situations in common settings. where there are a lot of people without masks, the data speaks for itself. It happens, “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.”
CNN’s Caitlan Collins contributed to this report.