Dr. Anthony Fauci Accuses Trump Campaign Of Using His Comments In New Ad Without His Permission
White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has blamed President Donald Trump and his campaign for using his words out of context in a new ad. Aside from that, he is blaming the campaign for running an ad featuring him without his consent. The Trump campaign, on the other hand, is bent on running the ad over his objections.
Fauci released a statement to ABC News on Sunday, calling out Trump and his re-election campaign for using comments he made during a March interview with Fox News in which he praised the federal government's efforts to restrict the spread of coronavirus by saying, "I can't imagine that anybody could be doing more." Fauci said he didn't give the GOP permission to use these comments, which, according to him, are being used out of context.
In the statement, Fauci pointed out that he has never publicly endorsed a political candidate in his nearly five decades of public service. Speaking about the comments attributed to him and used in the GOP campaign ad, Fauci said have been out of context from a broad statement that he made several months ago referring to federal public health officials' efforts.
Trump campaign officials told ABC News that they would continue to air the ad, despite Fauci's objections. In a statement, Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh noted that the video Fauci is referring to is from a television interview which was broadcasted across the nation, with Dr. Fauci praising the efforts of the Trump Administration.
Murtaugh said the words spoken by Fauci are accurate and directly from his mouth. Taking to his Twitter account on Sunday, Trump clarified that the video's statements are Fauci's own words, noting that his administration has done outstanding work, according to some governors.
The 30-second commercial was released after Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after receiving treatment for COVID-19. The narrator begins by pointing out that the president is recovering from the virus, and so is the country. He speaks about how America rose to meet the challenge of protecting the nation's seniors, making sure that they have access to life-saving drugs in record time, not worrying about the expense.
Airing in Michigan, the ad then features a short clip of Fauci praising the Trump campaign, claiming nobody else could have done more. Fauci released a statement to CNN, objecting to how his words are being used without his permission, noting that he is not endorsing the president in the upcoming Nov. 3 election.