Dr Scott Atlas resigns as Trump’s coronavirus adviser

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Dr Scott Atlas, a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, speaks at a White House press conference on September 23.

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Dr Scott Atlas, the White House’s most controversial coronavirus adviser, resigned from his post on Monday evening.

Fox News first announced his departure. Atlas later confirmed this with a tweet that included his resignation letter, dated December 1. “Honored to have served @realDonaldTrump and the American people during these difficult times,” he said.

Atlas was serving as the coronavirus advisor to President Donald Trump for a special detail of a 130-day government employee, which was due to expire at the end of this week, Fox News reported. Trump appointed him in August.

Atlas, a radiologist with no previous infectious disease experience, has had Trump’s ear in recent months. He has openly criticized lockdowns and a supporter of a “herd immunity” strategy, and earlier this month came under heavy criticism after tweeting that Michigan should “stand up” against the coronavirus restrictions.

He has also been assaulted by numerous health experts for spreading false information. In October, Twitter Inc. TWTR,
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blocked one of his tweets that falsely claimed that face masks were ineffective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Numerous studies have debunked this, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has emphasized the importance of wearing masks.

“I have real problems with this guy,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told the Washington Post earlier this month. “He’s a smart guy who talks about things that I think he doesn’t really have any insight or knowledge or experience in. He keeps talking about things that, when you dissect and analyze them, make no sense. ”

In September, CDC Director Robert Redfield was overheard by a reporter saying of Atlas: “Everything he says is wrong.”

Atlas, a Hoover Institution scholar, has also been condemned by colleagues at Stanford University, with a faculty member calling him “embarrassment to the university.”

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