Anthony Fauci slams Trump for including him in a campaign advert
"The comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign ad were taken out of context."
Anthony Fauci has condemned Donald Trump's team for including him in a campaign advert ahead of next month's presidential election.
The ad shows Facui saying: "I can't imagine that anybody could be doing more", seemingly speaking about Trump's reaction to the Covid-19 crisis, but the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has said that his words were taken out of context.
He said: "The comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign ad were taken out of context. In my five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed political candidates."
Fauci made the comment used in the advert in March, with the full quote reading: "I have been devoting almost full time on this. I’m down at the White House virtually every day with the task force. It’s every single day. So, I can’t imagine that under any circumstances that anybody could be doing more."
While Fauci appears to be referring to himself, Trump responded on Twitter by disagreeing, saying: "These are indeed Doctor Facui's own words. We have done a 'phenomenal' job, according to certain governors. Many people agree... And now come the Vaccines & Cures, long ahead of projections!"
This isn't the first time that Fauci has distanced himself from Trump either.
Back in April, Trump retweeted a tweet from a Republican congressional candidate that included the words #FireFauci.
This came after Fauci said that Trump lifted safety restrictions too soon, warning that it would lead to an outbreak that the country would ultimately be "unable to control".