Fauci says his statement was taken out of context by Trump’s campaign teamOctober 20, 2020
Dr. Anthony Fauci has revealed that he did not consent to him being featured in a recent advert released by the Trump campaign team. The video appeared to show Dr. Fauci praising Donald Trump’s efforts in fighting Covid-19.
Dr. Fauci who is the leading infectious disease expert has however denied the perception being perpetuated by the president’s campaign team, terming it misleading. He said that his words were taken out of context.
“For all the time I have been in the public service, I have never endorsed any presidential candidate. The commends that were attributed to me by the GOP campaign in an ad were completely taken out of the context from what I was speaking about one month ago” Fauci said in a statement.
The ad was released by the Trump campaign last week after the president was released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
The 30-minutes ad that was first aired in Michigan lauds President Trump’s personal experience with Covid-19. The video also incorporates a statement made by Dr. Fauci a month ago in a way that tries to show him praising Trump’s effort in fighting the virus.
“President Trump is recuperating from the virus and so is our country”, says the ad narrator. “Together we rose up to the challenge, protecting the vulnerable amongst us, securing life-saving drugs for then and leaving nothing to chance”
After that, the ad quickly introduces an interview held with Fauci in which the infectious disease expert is heard saying “I can’t imagine that there’s anyone who would have done this better”
Although the ad doesn’t show the date of the interview, Fauci’s quote was extracted from an interview he held with Fox News in March this year. During that interview, Dr. Fauci lauded the White House Coronavirus task force’s tireless efforts in responding to the pandemic.
“We have never been faced by a threat of this magnitude. But the coordinated effort showed by the task force has played a major role in reducing the number of infections and fatalities. Some of us have been forced to hold late-night meetings to ensure that the virus is contained. I spend time at the White House almost every day. Under the circumstance I can’t imagine that anyone could be doing any better” said Fauci during the interview.
While responding to Dr. Fauci, the Trump campaign team through its communication director said that there was nothing to deny because the words came directly from Dr. Fauci himself praising the work of a task force form by the Trump administration.
The fact that the Trump campaign decided to use Dr. Fauci’s words in the video is a form of recognition that he is a trusted voice by voters when it comes to the fight against Covid-19.
In July, Trump wondered why Dr. Fauci’s approval rating was so high compared to his.
“It’s interesting to see everybody touting him for all the work being done and I like that. But remember he is working for our administration and we could have given the job to anyone else” said Trump