FAUCI SAYS HIS WORDS WERE TWISTED IN NEW TRUMP CAMPAIGN AD
Dr. Anthony Fauci did not consent to being featured in a new advertisement from the Trump campaign touting President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the nation's leading infectious disease expert told CNN his words were taken out of context, Kaitlan Collins reported .
"In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate. The comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign ad were taken out of context from a broad statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal public health officials," Fauci said in a statement provided exclusively to CNN when asked if he agreed to be featured in the ad.
The Trump campaign released the new ad last week after the President was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center following treatment for COVID-19. The 30-second ad, which is airing in Michigan, touts Trump's personal experience with the virus and uses a quote from Fauci from an interview by Fox News in March 2020 in an attempt to make it appear as if he were praising Trump's response. The Trump campaign has been notorious for misquoting people in their ads and splicing footages to create “alternative facts” that fool voters and are favorable to Trump. All it could way about Fauci’s complaint was that the words came from the doctor’s mouth but refused to consider their context.
"President Trump is recovering from the coronavirus, and so is America," the ad's narrator says. "Together we rose to meet the challenge, protecting our seniors, getting them life-saving drugs in record time, sparing no expense." The ad then flashes to an interview with Fauci in which he says, "I can't imagine that anybody could be doing more." On ABC News Sunday, Jon Karl, who was guest hosting "This Week," said he requested Fauci for an interview, and although he was willing to come on, the White House blocked the appearance. Karl said other medical experts on the task force were also requested, but the White House did not offer anyone.