“I don’t like being alone in Washington,” he said, describing “the shadows on the ceiling in my apartment, alone, the shadows are so long.” He then went through a series of conspiracy theories that ended in a prediction that Mr. Trump would win re-election, but his Democratic opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr., would refuse to back down.
“And when Donald Trump refuses to retire at the inauguration, the shooting will begin,” he said. “The exercises you’ve seen are nothing.” He added, “If you carry a weapon, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it will be difficult to obtain.”
Mr. Caputo’s installation at the agency was a move by the White House to gain more control over Alex M. Hazard II, who has been Mr. Trump’s health and human services secretary since 2018. His job is to coordinate communications. of 80,000 people, a department that functions as the center of the U.S. public health bureaucracy and includes the Food and Drug Administration, the CDC, and the National Institutes of Health, which lead the government’s response to the pandemic.
Mr Caputo boasted in a Facebook speech that the president had personally given him responsibility for a $ 250 million public service advertising campaign designed to help America return to normal.
Despite criticism of his team’s involvement in the CDC, Mr Caputo said he expected to remain in office as Mr Trump supported him. “I’m not going anywhere,” he said. “I swear to God, because God is my witness, I don’t stop.”
His Facebook presentation comes as Mr Trump increasingly cites federal scientists as targets, complaining without evidence that they are deliberately trying to undermine his administration’s efforts to fight the pandemic for their own political reasons.
Mr Caputo reiterated these sentiments, saying that scientists “deep in the bowels of the CDC have abandoned science and become political animals”.