Dr. Anthony Fauci says Trump campaign ad takes him 'out of context,' insists he didn't endorse anyone
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the most popular face in the fight against the coronavirus, released a statement on Sunday denying being used in a new advertisement from President Donald Trump's re-election campaign to announce the White House's handling of the pandemic.
The 30-second commercial is set to show how Trump, who caught COVID-19 this month, and the US economy are recovering from the contagion. Attempts are made to portray the president as determined, despite the fact that the disease has previously been publicly downplayed.
"President Trump tackled the virus head on, as leaders should," the narrator says, followed by a short clip from Fauci in which he says, "I can't imagine anyone could do more."
But Fauci criticized the use of the small clipping in the Sunday ad, which made it appear as though he was supporting Trump's efforts. He said in his "nearly five decades of public service" that he had never publicly approved a candidate.
"The comments attributed to me on the GOP campaign ad without my permission have been taken out of the context of a comprehensive statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal health officials," Fauci said in a statement to CNN.
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The clip comes from an interview Fauci did in March, where he talked about how much time he had devoted to fighting the coronavirus.
"I'm with the White House task force practically every day," Fauci said at the time. "I'm connected by phone during the day and into the night, and when I say night, I speak twelve, one, two in the morning. I'm not the only one. There's a whole group of us who do that." The. It's every day So I can't imagine that anyone couldn't do more under any circumstances. I mean, we are obviously fighting a formidable enemy - this virus. This virus is a serious problem here. "
Trump's campaign manager Tim Murtaugh defended himself with Fauci's image and words when he reached for a comment on Sunday.
"These are Dr. Fauci's own words," he said. "The video is from a national television interview in which Dr. Fauci praised the work of the Trump administration. The words spoken are correct and straight from Dr. Fauci's mouth."
Trump said in the summer how Fauci was seen as a more credible source than he was. He noted that Fauci's high approval ratings surpassed his own while working for the administration.
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A poll published by the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation in September found that 68% of Americans said they had a great deal or at least a fair amount of trust in Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases.
That's roughly 28 percentage points more than the 40% who said the same thing about Trump, according to the poll.
But Fauci's approval numbers fell sharply with Republicans as his minions fell about 30% since April. About 48% of GOP voters said they had a lot or quite a lot of trust in him, while Democratic trust in him has increased from 80% to 86% since April.
The president's re-election team that Fauci uses in such a prominent ad could be interpreted as an admission that despite some conservatives dealing with the public health officer, he remains a popular and trustworthy figure in terms of fighting the virus .
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Anthony Fauci: New Trump Campaign Ad gets me out of context.
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