WASHINGTON – Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Monday the political advertisement from President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign featuring him should be taken down.Appearing on CNN, Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, called the ad “really unfortunate and really disappointing.”
Asked by Jake Tapper, anchor of “The Lead”, whether he believes the Trump campaign should take the ad down, Fauci said, “I think so.”More:About 75,000 more Americans died from COVID-19 pandemic than reported in spring and summer, study finds
“It’s so clear that I’m not a political person,” Fauci continued. “And I have never — either directly or indirectly — endorsed a political candidate. And to take a completely out of context statement and put it in which is obviously a political campaign ad, I thought was really very disappointing.”
Coronavirus updates: 13 states set case records; Joe Biden tests negative again; NYC protest leader arrestedThe 30-second spot seeks to highlight how Trump, who caught COVID-19 earlier this month, and the U.S. economy are recovering from the contagion.The ad tries to portray the president as taking decisive action despite previously downplaying the disease in public and makes it sound as if Fauci was endorsing Trump’s effort, rather than the response of the whole of government.