Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illness Director Dr. Anthony Fauci mentioned Sunday he was “taken out of context” in a brand new Donald Trump marketing campaign advert.
“In my almost 5 a long time of public service, I’ve by no means publicly endorsed, nor do I now endorse, any political candidates,” Fauci mentioned in a press release reported by NBC Information. “The feedback attributed to me with out my permission within the GOP marketing campaign advert have been taken out of context from a broad assertion I made months in the past concerning the efforts of federal public well being officers.”
The remark got here from a March interview Fauci performed with Fox Information and refers back to the total authorities response, not particularly Trump’s efforts.
“We’re speaking about all palms on deck,” Fauci mentioned. “I, as considered one of many individuals on a staff, I’m not the one particular person. For the reason that starting, that we even acknowledged what this was, I’ve been devoting nearly full time on this. I’m down on the White Home nearly daily with the duty drive. It’s each single day. So, I can’t think about that below any circumstances that anyone could possibly be doing extra.”
Trump marketing campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh informed NBC Information that they are going to proceed to run the advert regardless of Fauci’s objections.
“These are Dr. Fauci’s personal phrases,” he mentioned. “The video is from a nationally broadcast tv interview during which Dr. Fauci was praising the work of the Trump Administration. The phrases spoken are correct, and instantly from Dr. Fauci’s mouth.”