Fauci Says His Words 'Taken Out of Context' in Trump Campaign Ad

Wednesday, 14 Oct, 2020

Trump's embrace of Fauci in the last lap of the campaign comes as the latest twist in an up-and-down relationship.

Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh defended the use of Fauci in the ad and said it would continue to run it: "These are Dr. Fauci's own words".

Amid the intense elections campaigns ahead of U.S. polls planned for next month, Trump's campaign released the new political advertisement last week after the president was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center following treatment for coronavirus. Despite seeing some of the largest leaps in infections, South Dakota Gov. Kristi L. Noem (R) told lawmakers that the state "didn't take a one-size-fits-all approach and the results have been incredible", according to the Associated Press. Together, we rose to meet the challenge.

The president, who tested positive on 1 October and was hospitalised for three days with the virus, said on Sunday he was "totally negative", although neither he nor his White House doctors have confirmed an actual negative test.

Trump later said Fauci had "made a lot of mistakes".

It appears in the short clip that Fauci is praising the president, but he says it is in fact a "broad statement" made months ago about "federal public health officials".

When asked by CNN on Monday how he would react if the Trump campaign did a second video with him, he replied, "That would be bad". "I hope they don't do that, because that would be kind of playing a game that we don't want to play".

Fauci denied that what he said was a veiled threat to stop.

"Not in my wildest freakin dreams did I ever think about quitting", Fauci said.

Fauci then explained to the news site what he meant by "misfire". "So, I can't imagine that under any circumstances that anybody could be doing more", Fauci originally said. When I say night, I'm talking 12, one, two in the morning. "The words spoken are accurate, and directly from Dr. Fauci's mouth". Viewers are given the impression that the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is praising Trump.

Evidently angered by the use of the remarks in reference to Trump's efforts, Dr Fauci issued a statement to CNN condemning their use.

Fauci was also asked on Monday by Jake Tapper, the CNN host, what he thought of the president's return to campaign that evening. And also, it soon became clear that we had enough protective equipment and that cloth masks and homemade masks were as good as masks that you would buy from surgical supply stores.

"But we're talking about truly careful, serious, public-health considerations, like wearing a mask, like avoiding congregate settings".

"Now is even more so a worse time to do that".

He mentioned: "It type of serves as a microcosm of the place we're at in American politics: People at both aspect of the political divide can have a look at the identical factor and are available away with vastly completely different interpretations of it".