The Trump campaign says the ad will continue to run over Fauci’s objections.
“In my nearly five decades in the public service, I have never publicly supported a political candidate,” Fauci said in the statement. “The comments attributed to me on the GOP campaign ad without my permission have been taken out of the context of a broad statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal health officials.”
Despite Fauci’s objections, Trump campaign officials told ABC News that they plan to continue broadcasting the ad.
“The video comes 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,” said Tim Murtaugh, spokesman for the Trump campaign, in a statement .
In a tweet on Sunday night, Trump said the statements in the video “are indeed Dr. Fauci’s own words,” adding that his administration was doing a “phenomenal” job, according to certain governors. “
According to the Center for Systems Science and Technology at Johns Hopkins University, the US leads the world with COVID-19 cases with more than 7,750,000 and deaths with over 214,000.
Since March, the country’s seven-day average for newly reported cases has more than doubled from 19,418 to 47,946, according to the COVID tracking project. The seven-day average for newly reported deaths rose from 500 to 694.
CNN first reported on Fauci’s reaction to the political ad on Sunday afternoon.
The back and forth between Fauci and the administration is the latest in the increasingly strained relationship between the veteran medical expert and the president.
The president has often rejected Fauci’s advice and analysis since the pandemic began – but has occasionally quoted Fauci to support government policies.
During the first presidential debate, Trump stated that Fauci said “masks are not good” before changing his stance. Fauci told ABC News that his initial concerns were mischaracterized.
“Everyone who has listened to me over the past few months knows that there is no conversation going on that I don’t strongly recommend people wear masks,” he said.
During an interview with CBS Radio on Friday, Fauci described the September 26th event at the White House where Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee as a “super-spreader event”.
In addition to Trump, several board members, GOP leaders and other VIPs, including the First Lady, tested positive for the virus in the days following the event.
“It was in a situation in which people were huddled together and not wearing masks. The data speak for themselves,” Fauci said in an interview.