The 30-second announcement of Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign praises the President’s handling of the coronavirus and includes an edited clip of Fauci purportedly saying, “I can’t imagine … anyone could do more, ”seemingly referring to the way Mr. Trump is tackling the pandemic.Fauci said on Sunday that the comment was out of context and had been used without his permission.
“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 announcement were taken out of context from a broad statement I made months ago about the federal government’s efforts. public health officials, ”Fauci said in a statement to CNN.
He told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday that the campaign’s decision to use his comments was “very disappointing.”
“It is so clear that I am not a political person. I have never directly or indirectly supported a political candidate ”, he declared. “Taking a statement completely out of context and putting it in, which is obviously a political campaign ad, I found that to be really, really disappointing. ”
Despite Fauci’s public rejection of the ad, Tapper said he learned that the Trump campaign was planning to feature him in another promotion. “It would be terrible. It would be outrageous if they did, “Fauci said in response to the news, and added,” In fact, it might actually come back against them. I hope they don’t. because that would be kind of like playing a game that we don’t want to play… I hope they reconsider this and don’t. ”
During the same interview, Fauci also commented that he thinks the president’s rallies are ” ask for trouble. »
Mr. Trump held an hour-long rally in Sanford, Florida on Monday, his first trip from the White House since being diagnosed with COVID-19. The President joked that he felt so “powerful” and “immune” that he could “kiss” everyone in the audience.
” I have been there. Now they say I’m immune, ”he said. “I feel so powerful that I’m going to step into this audience. I will go in there, I will hug everyone in this audience. I’ll kiss the guys and the beautiful woman and the – I’ll just give you a big big kiss. Despite guidance from the CDC, CBS Miami reports that Trump supporters were not distant and many were not wearing face coverings.
CBS News spoke to some of the supporters who spent hours online for the presidential rally. Bill Cerelli, of Tampa, in response to a question about White House COVID-19 protocols and large gatherings, said with a shrug, “Looks like everyone’s been tested. It is an invisible plague. I don’t know how much more you can. to do. “
Fauci said that, “purely in the context of public health,” holding rallies, which entice thousands of supporters to rally, often ignoring the mask and social distancing guidelines, is dangerous.
“We’ve seen that when you have rally situations, where there are a lot of people without masks, the data speaks for itself,” he said. “… And now it’s even worse to do that, because when you look at what’s going on in America, it’s really, really embarrassing. ”
President Trump slapped the Fauci with a tweeter Tuesday: “Actually Tony’s throwing arm is way more accurate than his predictions. “No problem, no mask”. WHO no longer likes Lockdowns – just voted against it. Trump was right. We have saved 2,000,000 lives in the USA !!! ”
Coronavirus cases areand only three see fewer cases. The country is now experiencing about twice as many new cases as at the beginning of April.
The Midwest, in particular, has been hit hard in recent weeks; but there are also outbreaks in the northeast, where average daily cases have increased by almost 40% last month. Average daily deaths are increasing in 10 states compared to two weeks ago, and the country is recording nearly 50,000 new cases a day.
“It’s going in the wrong direction right now,” Fauci said of the push. “So if there is anything we should be doing, we should redouble our efforts to implement the public health measures that we have been talking about for so long. Namely: keep a distance, no crowds, wear masks, wash your hands, do things. outside rather than inside. ”
“We are entering the cool fall months, and finally the cold winter months, and that’s just a recipe for a real problem if we don’t get it under control before we embark on this challenge. seasonal.
Nicole Sganga contributed to this report.