Dr. Anthony Facsie, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, says the unauthorized use of the president’s comments in an advertising campaign is a form of harassment. “By doing this of my own free will, they are actually harassing me,” he said The daily beast in a report released Monday.
Fauci also said he believed the approach could fail and hurt the chances of President Trump being re-elected. “By doing this of my own free will, they are actually harassing me,” he said. “Since the campaign ads are about getting votes, harassing them for me can have the opposite effect of disabling some voters.”
The 30 second ad from Trump’s re-election campaign praises the president’s handling of the coronavirus and includes an edited clip of Fauci saying, “I can’t imagine … anyone could do more,” he seems to say. Mr. Trump is facing a pandemic.
Fauci said Sunday that the comment was out of context and was used without his permission.
“In my nearly five decades in the public service, I have not publicly supported any political candidate. health, “Fauci said statement on CNN.
He told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday that the campaign decision to use his comments was “very disappointing.”
“It is so clear that I am not a politician. I have never supported a political candidate, either directly or indirectly,” he said. “To take a statement completely out of context and put it in, which is obviously a political campaign ad, I thought it was really very frustrating.”
Despite rejecting the ad by Fauci, Tapper said he learned that the Trump campaign plans to feature him in another promotion. “It would be awful. It would be outrageous if they did that,” Fauci told the Associated Press, adding, “Actually, this could really come back to haunt them. I hope they do not do this.” this would be a kind of game we do not want to play … I hope they think again and do not do that. “
During the same interview, Fauci also commented that he believes the president’s rallies are “asking for a problem”
Mr. Trump held an hour-long rally in Sanford, Florida, on Monday, his first trip from the White House since being diagnosed with COVID-19. The president joked that he felt so “strong” and “immune” that he could “kiss” everyone in the audience.
“I went through it. Now they say I’m immune,” he said. “I feel so strong that I will walk in this audience. I will walk there, I will kiss everyone in this audience. I will kiss the children and the beautiful woman and – I will give you a big thick kiss.” Despite the CDC instructions, CBS Miami Reports that Trump supporters were not far away and many did not wear face masks.
CBS News spoke to some of the supporters who spent hours in line about the president’s rally. Asked about the White House COVID-19 protocols and the large concentrations, Bill Kerelli of Tampa said with disdain, “It looks like everyone has 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, which attract thousands of supporters to gather, often ignoring masks and social distances, is unsafe.
“We have found that when you have concentration regulatory 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 this, because when you look at what is happening in the United States it is really very embarrassing.”
President Trump hit Fauss with one tweet Tuesday: “In fact, Tony’s arm is much more accurate than his predictions.” No problem, no masks. “WHO no longer likes Lockdowns – he just came out against it. Trump was right. We saved 2,000,000 US lives !!!”
Coronavirus cases areand only three see fewer cases. The country is seeing about twice as many new cases today than at the beginning of April.
The Midwest, in particular, was hit hard in recent weeks; but there are also eruptions in the northeast, where average daily cases have risen by almost 40% in the last month. The average daily death rate is rising in 10 states compared to two weeks ago, and the nation is seeing almost 50,000 new cases one day.
“He’s going in the wrong direction right now,” Fatsi said of the wave. “So, if there is something we need to do, we need to double the implementation of the public health measures we have been talking about for a long time. What it is: Keeping a distance, without crowds, wearing masks, washing hands, doing things outside in contrast with the interior. “
“We are entering the cool autumn months, and finally the cold winter months, and this is just a recipe for a real problem if we do not get things under control before they get into this seasonal challenge.”
Nicole Sganga contributed to this report.