Donald Trump’s top coronavirus adviser was forced to apologize on Sunday after engaging in an interview with RT News – a well-known Russian propaganda outlet – where he criticized parts of the United States for suing lockdowns related to COVID-19.
“I recently did an interview with RT and had no idea it was a registered foreign agent,” Scott Atlas tweeted on Sunday.
“I regret doing the interview and I apologize for allowing myself to be taken advantage of. I particularly apologize to the national security community who are working hard to defend us, ”he continued.
The controversial White House coronavirus adviser, who used the excuse that he was unaware RT was a Russian state-controlled network, told the outlet in his on-camera interview that the US lockdowns “kill people “.
Top White House advisor on coroanvirus Scott Atlas had to apologize after engaging in interview with RT News – Russian propaganda news site
Atlas, a close advisor to Donald Trump, said he ‘regretted’ the interview and was unaware RT was backed by the Kremlin and a ‘registered foreign agent’
During the half-hour remote TV interview, Atlas denounced the US lockdowns
“This is a deadly pandemic, we are not implying it,” Atlas said during the half-hour interview. “We have had around 230,000 lives lost due to the virus and certainly many lost due to the policy of closures.
“The lockdowns will be seen as an epic public policy failure,” he said. “The argument is undeniable. Lockdowns kill people.
Scott Atlas has been featured on the Going Underground network by his host Afshin Rattansi as “one of only two men the US president is apparently listening to about the pandemic.”
A team of US lawmakers said last year that the Kremlin-backed platform is using YouTube as its “propaganda vehicle of choice” to disseminate its message en masse.
Atlas has been accused in the past of spreading misinformation regarding the Coroanvirus pandemic.
Earlier this month, one of Atlas’s tweets was deleted by Twitter after claiming face covers were not working to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Highly respected coronavirus experts, including Dr Anthony Fauci, a senior official at the National Institute of Health specializing in infectious diseases, have publicly expressed concern over Atlas’ comments.
In September, Fauci called Atlas an “outlier” after questioning the effectiveness of the lockdowns.
Trump promised in a Sunday morning tweet that there would be ‘no lockdown’ if re-elected
Atlas is a controversial COVID-19 figure and has been criticized by other coronavirus experts, such as Dr Anthony Fauci, as an ‘outlier’ in his thoughts that masks and locks don’t work
Bill Gates also called Atlas a “pseudo-expert”.
Atlas hit back at criticisms of Fauci and Gates in the RT interview.
“I’m proud to be an outlier, especially when the inliers are completely wrong,” he said.
“I really don’t care what someone like Bill Gates says,” Atlas continued. “Being rich doesn’t confirm expertise,” Atlas said. “I feel very good not only in my own expertise, but also in my own CV. I am responsible for health policies. I have been working there for 15 years.
Trump boasted on Twitter, ahead of his first of five rallies in Michigan on Sunday morning, that there would be “no lockdown” if re-elected.
“Biden wants to lock down our country, maybe for years. Crazy! There will be NO LOCKOUT. The great American comeback is underway !!! He posted.