Fauci’s latest comments come a day after telling CNN that he does not agree to appear in the Trump team’s new advertisement and that his words have been taken out of context.
“It’s so clear that I’m not a political person,” the country’s foremost infectious disease expert told CNN’s Jake Tapper on The Lead.
“And I’ve never – either directly or indirectly – endorsed a political candidate. And to make a completely out of context statement that is obviously a political campaign ad, I found that really very disappointing.”
“President Trump is recovering from the corona virus, as is America,”
The ad then shows an interview with Fauci in which he says, “I can’t imagine anyone could do more.”
But Fauci told CNN in a statement on Sunday that “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 efforts by federal health officials . “
In response to Fauci saying the ad had taken his words out of context, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said, “These are Dr. Fauci’s own words. The video is from a nationally broadcast television interview in which Dr. Fauci praised the work of the Trump Administration. The words spoken are correct and straight out of Dr. Fauci’s mouth. “
When asked Monday about the possibility of appearing in future ads for Trump campaigns, Fauci said, “That would be awful.”
“I hope they don’t because that would be some kind of game we don’t want to play,” he said.
The promotion coincides with an aggressive campaign by President Donald Trump at a time when his re-election bid falls less than four weeks before election day in national polls and in a number of major swing states.
And although the White House doctor refused to say when the president’s last negative test took place, the campaign has planned a series of personal rallies in the coming days.
“Put aside any questions about the political implications of a rally and put that aside and only look at it in the context of public health. We know this will create problems when you do that. We saw that when You have situations in meeting environments where there are many people without a mask and the data speaks for itself. It happens, “he said.
“And now it’s even worse to do this because when you look at what’s going on in the United States, it’s really very problematic.”
CNN’s Kaitlan Collins contributed to this report.