The was released just shortly after the President was released from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center following his treatment for COVID-19 last week.
“President Trump is recovering from the coronavirus, and so is America,” the narrator says in the clip. “Together we rose to meet the challenge, protecting our seniors, getting them life-saving drugs in record time, sparing no expense.”
“I can’t imagine that anybody could be doing more,” Dr. Fauci is overheard saying.
The comments came from his interview he did back in March for Fox News, and the comments were directed at the coronavirus response rather than offering praise for Trump on any level.
In a statement to CNN, Dr. Fauci, who is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, slammed the ad for using his words without his permission.
Dr. Fauci also clarified that he is not endorsing Trump in the upcoming election.
“In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate,” his statement says. “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.”
Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign spokesman, says that they will continue to air the ad, despite the doctor’s objections.
“These are Dr. Fauci’s own words,” he said. “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.”
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