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Just three weeks out from the election, and with campaign ads at fever pitch, one particular Trump spot has been getting some attention. Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN yesterday that his words have been used “out of context” in a campaign ad from last week.
The spot, which details Trump’s experience of coronavirus and is airing in Michigan, uses a quote from Fauci in which he says: “I can’t imagine that anybody could be doing more.” The quote came from an interview with Fox News in March. In a statement to CNN, Fauci said: “In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate. The comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign ad were taken out of context from a broad statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal public health officials.”
In response, 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 was praising the work of the Trump Administration. The words spoken are accurate, and directly from Dr. Fauci’s mouth.” Trump himself also tweeted Murtaugh’s response, saying: “They are indeed Dr. Fauci’s own words. We have done a ‘phenomenal’ job, according to certain governors.”
The spat came as Twitter on Sunday flagged a post, in which President Trump claimed that he is now “immune” to the coronavirus, as violating its misinformation rules.